Artur Beterbiev (19-0-0, 19 KO) is one of a kind. The Russian, a naturalized Canadian, retains his WBC, WBO, and IBF light heavyweight crowns by defeating Britain’s Anthony Yarde (23-3-0, 22 KO) by eighth-round TKO tonight at London’s Wembley Arena. The applicant went for all but found a strong Beterbiev who connected precise and hard hands. Although he did everything he could, his corner threw in the towel in the eighth round after he went to the canvas with a powerful right hand.
Beterbiev continued to punish him
Another victory by KO to the pocket of Artur Beterbiev. The applicant came out with intensity and desire to dominate the fight, but the Russian left quickly with the center of the ring. He connected with strong hands, and Yarde responded by trying to put away. He moved around the ring very well, but Beterbiev pinned him to the ropes on several occasions, throwing hard combinations at him. He subjected him to harsh punishments, with blows to the face and body. He closed the third round with a powerful left that the Brit felt.
Beterbiev continued to punish him. He connected with heavy punches that began to take their toll on the challenger. He went back to the ropes and landed several hands. He held on, but he began to bleed profusely under his right eye. In the fifth round, Yarde manages to connect a powerful right hand to the body that hurt the Russian boxer, but soon turned the situation around and put him on the ropes. They kept trading blows.
Nothing can be blamed on Anthony Yarde
In the seventh round, Anthony Yarde came crashing down and seized the initiative in the fight. Beterbiev lowered the intensity for a few moments, and the Briton hit him with a right hand. He went against the ropes again and they exchanged blows. In the next round, the Russian raised the pace of the match again and connected more hands. With a hard right hand, he sent the challenger to the canvas, who managed to get up. His corner decided to stop the clash, Yarde was very touched by the last blows and his eye continued to bleed.
Nothing can be blamed on Anthony Yarde. The Brit gave it his all to win, but he found himself up against a rock-hard Artur Beterbiev. The Russian continues his winning streak by KO and maintains his undefeated and his titles. He once again shows that he has no rival and could soon face Dmitry Bivol (21-0-0, 11 KO), who is also set for a rematch against Saúl Canelo Álvarez (58-2-2, 39 KO).
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