Yarde becomes first to stop Spelman

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Former WBO light heavyweight title challenger Anthony Yarde (20-1, 19 KOs) scored a sixth round TKO over Dec Spelman (16-5, 8 KOs) on Saturday night behind-closed-doors at BT Sport Studios in London. Yarde battered Spelman to the canvas in round six to end it. The fight was a good opportunity for Yarde to directly compare himself with potential future foe Lyndon Arthur, who edged Spelman on points last month.

In the co-feature, middleweight Mark Heffron (25-1-1 19 KOs) and Denzel Bentley (13-0-1, 11 KOs) battled to a ten round draw in a clash for the vacant IBF European title. Scores were 95-95 across the board.

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  • Premature stoppage, Yarde was coming on, but Spelman was giving a good account of himself, pretty sure if Yarde had been put down like that theres no way it would’ve been stopped.

    I guess it is what it is, Yarde on the comeback trail, fighting perennial domestic level contenders, which I guess proves hes a domestic level fighter….who thinks he’s world class.

    Cmon Yarde, fight someone who’s got a chance, stop being the lower school playground bully, fight someone in the upper school… Then think about going to college and beyond.

  • No, referee stopped it. Yarde may hit hard but he was hit himself
    while delivering the punches. Spelman wanted to continue. He was not done, still punching he was in with a chance.

  • Jim
    Yarde is rebuilding himself from that loss from the world champion Kovalev. They are not going to throw him in there straight away against top 10 fighters, but probably in the next few fights.

    • Yes he’s rebuilding, this is his second comeback fight, the first was against someone with a losing record, Dec was at least a step up from that.

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