Yarde KOs #1 rated Arthur in rematch

In a WBO light heavyweight eliminator, former world title challenger Anthony Yarde (22-2, 21 KOs) impressively knocked out previously unbeaten #1 rated Lyndon Arthur (19-1, 13 KOs) on Saturday night at the Copper Box Arena in London. Yarde came out extremely aggressive and didn’t let up. No pacing himself. He punished Arthur for four rounds, getting him out of there with a huge right hand. Time was 1:27. Yarde avenges a split decision loss to Arthur 12 months ago.


Unbeaten super welterweight Hamzah Sheeraz (14-0, 10 KOs) scored a ninth round TKO over Bradley Skeete (29-4, 14 KOs). Skeete outboxed Sheeraz for the first seven rounds. Sheeraz finally dropped Skeete in round eight, but was deducted a point in round eight after hitting Skeete several times on the canvas. Sheeraz then knocked down Skeete again later in the round. The bout was stopped in round nine after Skeete went down again. Time was :58.

Unbeaten lightweight Sam Noakes (8-0, 8 KOs) scored a ninth round TKO over Shaun Cooper (11-3, 0 KOs). Noakes dropped Cooper in round nine. Cooper beat the count, but shortly after action resumed referee Ian John Lewis stopped the fight. Time was 1:35. Cooper not happy about the stoppage.

Unbeaten super bantamweight Dennis “the Menace” McCann (11-0, 6 KOs) dominated Juan Jose Jurado (15-5-3, 1 KO) over eight rounds. Score was 80-72.

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  • I did not see that coming. Full credit to Yarde, I thought he’d lose this one. Buatsi next??

    • From the buildup, I thought Yarde was up for this one, while Arthur was a bit too subdued for my liking.

  • The officiating in England is just awful. The ref started the count before Yarde was in a neutral corner, speed up as the count went on and waved it off even though Arthur was clearly up at 9.

  • Arhur was very awkward using his body mechanics in the fight and was rath, stiff, and using arm punches more than committing with his body. As a result, limited power was in his arsenal. Yarde basically went for broke once he realized Arthur could not really do much more other than hold him on the inside.

  • Yarde should rematch with Kovalev in the UK it will be huge and a chance to redeem himself

    • May not be worth it to him now. Kovalev’s going on 40 and hasn’t had a fight in 2 years.

  • Hasn’t really beaten a legitimate durable top fighter yet, despite Arthur’s high rating, until then ok!!

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