Arthur gets past Yarde in snoozer

Photo 05 12 2020, 22 27 01
Photo: Queensberry Promotions

In a fight that never heated up, unbeaten Commonwealth light heavyweight champion Lyndon Arthur (17-0, 12 KOs) scored a twelve round split decision over Anthony Yarde (19-2, 18 KOs) on Saturday night at the iconic Church House in London. Yarde couldn’t get past Arthur’s jab in a surprisingly non-competitive fight early on. Yarde started coming on when his corner realized Arthur wasn’t throwing ANY right hands. Scores were for 115-114, 115-114 for Arthur and 117-111 for Yarde.

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  • anthony yarde is a stiff…too many soft touches building a bogus record… decent round vs a fading kovalev does not a champion make….

    my god,his opponent fought with one hand….he looked afraid to pressure his opponent…

    all talk…..

    • Agree, Yarde a been on a diet of medeocre opponents, protein shakes and weights, not a good combo if you want to be a bona-fide world champ… Or even British champ.

  • The right man won but this was boring, Yarde could not get pass Arthur`s left jab for most of the fight. and Arthur threw at most about 12 right hands the whole fight.

  • Pretty much what I expected in terms of the result. Thought the fight would have more fire to it though.

  • Arthur deserved it. It was a really bad fight but he was just too competitive. Yarde is a average fighter but came up short again against a boxer from Leeds. Enough said!

  • Went exactly how Tony Bellew said it would. Where Yarde goes from here is anyone’s guess

  • Most of us including myself predicted Arthur would win. Yarde is decent but he’s more bark than bite.

  • Boring fight. I had it 115-113 Yarde. I gave Arthur rounds 1 2 3 5 9. No one really deserved to win. Yarde looked so timid all night

  • Quinn and Poetsch records are real? If they are in same weight, maybe they should fight for special title

  • I’m always skeptical when I hear of a guy who didn’t start boxing until after 20. Some guys have done it, Sergio Martinez for one, but they’re rare. You need a strong amateur foundation once you get to the championship level. The fact that Team Yarde felt he needed to fight a guy with a 4-48 record to get back in the win column after his loss to Kovalev also raised doubts. I’m not writing Yarde off just yet, but he has some serious catching up to do.

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