Lyndon Arthur v Anthony Yarde rematch set for December 4!
Nearly one year after being given his second professional defeat in an upset, Anthony Yarde (21-2, 20KOs) will get a chance at redemption. On December 4, he’ll be taking on unbeaten light heavyweight contender Lyndon “King Arthur” Arthur (19-0, 13KOs). The two men battled over twelve closely contested rounds, that concluded with Arthur being declared the victor via a split decision.
The defeat to Arthur nearly caused a split between Yarde and longtime manager/trainer Tunde Ajayi. However, he would retain the services of the man who has guided him since his amateur days. In his comeback fight in August, Yarde made easy work of Alex Theran in one round. The victory paved the way for him and Arthur to rekindle their rivalry in December.
Yarde, a hard-hitting former world title challenger, is in a must-win situation in this bout. Blessed with tremendous power, his other attributes seem to be lacking. In his two losses, the lack of stamina, defensive prowess and overall fundamentals have been his undoing.
Arthur, who’s ranked #1 in the WBO, #3 in the IBF and #13 in the WBA, will head into this fight as the favorite, unlike the first time these two met. Yarde is ranked #12 in the WBO, #9 in the IBF and #6 in the WBC. Both men have a lot on the line. At stake for Arthur not only is unbeaten record, but also his number one ranking in the WBO. As for Yarde, as previously mentioned, this is an extremely do-or-die fight for him. Another loss puts him in a very peculiar place in his career.
However, a win would reestablish Yarde as a legitimate contender in a division deep with talented fighters. Come December 4, we’ll either see a repeat performance from Arthur or revenge for Yarde.
By: Jerrell Fletcher