Frank Warren Says Artur Beterbiev v Anthony Yarde Could Be Delayed
Well it sounds like UK light heavyweight boxer Anthony Yarde (22-2, 21 KO’a) will have to wait for his second crack at one of the big four straps. Had everything gone according to plan, Yarde was going to test his might against the ferocity of WBO, IBF and WBC light heavyweight champion Artur Beterbiev (18-0, 18 KO’s) in October.
Now however, Frank Warren of Queensberry Promotion, who promotes the UK bruiser, did everything outside of blatantly telling IFL TV that the fight was going to be delayed. Apparently, Beterbiev has sustained an injury during camp that will force the two principle characters to sit in neutral for a spell. Thankfully, the professional fight slinger insists that there is no funny business going on behind the scenes. Just as soon as the Russian is healthy, they can rock-and-roll.
“Yeah, Top Rank and ourselves, yet another promoter we’re working with, everything is agreed. All the terms are agreed but we’re hearing that Beterbiev might have an injury. And if he has, that means we will have to push it back. So, we’ll know more about that over the weekend.”
Yarde first took his shot at the throne when he attempted to unseat then WBO 175-pound champion Sergey Kovalev. After coming awfully close to stopping the seasoned veteran, the UK boxer gassed out and was ultimately stopped himself. Yarde rebounded with a pair of knockouts over two ready for disposal opponents before losing once again, by split decision, to Lyndon Arthur. To his credit though, Yarde emphatically avenged the loss by fourth round stoppage.
While the London native came up short in his battle for the full WBO strap, he has captured and defended the WBO Inter-Continental and WBO European titles. In his dominant match with Arthur, his last, Yarde snagged the Commonwealth and WBO Inter-Continental titles once again. Ideally, for Yarde and the fans, he will not have to gather too much dust before duking it out with the unified champion.
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By: Bakari Simpson