DKLIKNEWS–Artur Beterbiev defended light heavyweight title IBF, UKand WBO stopping Anthony Yarde in the eighth round a brutal fight in Wembley Arena.
The two entered Saturday’s fight with an intimidating knockout record, Beterbiev’s resume was spot on from 18 fights and Yarde managed to post stoppage wins in 22 of his 25 fights.
There were times in the fight where Yarde, the big underdog in the fight, seemed capable of stopping his opponent, who was seven years his senior.
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However, Beterbiev was unstoppable, holding off plenty of big shots from Yarde before closing the show with a slashing right hand.
At first, both men combined a degree of caution with an acknowledgment of the need to make respectable shots, which was being achieved.
In rounds three and four, there were signs that Yarde was close to being stopped, but he showed incredible determination as he entered the middle third of the fight while trying to stay ahead.
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The Englishman looked to have made the breakthrough in the fifth round, landing a right that no doubt caught Beterbiev’s attention, but the Canadian finished the round by hitting Yarde in the corner.
The hard knock is prioritized by every fighter, there is little wisdom in their approach, and guarantees that this fight will be at the top of the list of most entertaining world title fights at the end of the year.
Nonetheless, despite the competitiveness and the fact that Yarde excelled on two of the three judges’ scorecards, it was no surprise when Beterbiev ensured his 100% knockout record was extended.
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The 38-year-old fighter landed some devastating right punches, beginning the process of taking down Yarde and eventually pulling out of the fight after barely counting and preparing to fend off a barrage from Beterbiev with little to no defense.
Just as trainer Tunde Ajayi deserves respect for making the right call for his fighter, Yarde’s stock will rise on the back of career-best form given the quality in the opposite corner.
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That said, Beterbiev will now attempt to go undisputed at 175 pounds, potentially facing mandatory challenger Callum Smith before a fight with WBA champion Dmitry Bivol.
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