Lyndon Arthur and Anthony Yarde renew hostilities in a hotly-anticipated all-British light-heavyweight rematch in London tonight.
A day short of a year since the pair first fought, Yarde will be looking to avenge that split decision defeat, and provide an emphatic response to the criticism
he and coach Tunde Ajayi faced for his tactics that night. Yarde still maintains that the decision should have gone his way.
The 30-year-old’s only fight since then lasted less than a round so there was little to be learnt from that,
and he will have to produce a much-improved performance against Lyndon Arthur this time around.
Arthur controlled much of the fight with his jab last December, and it was revealed afterwards that he had injured his right hand in the warm-up and so was not able to produce his best.
He still proved good enough to beat Yarde, who showed a real lack of urgency for much of the contest.
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Yarde will surely up the workrate this time, and possesses the power to hurt Arthur – 20 of his 21 wins have come by stoppage.
But we’re going for Arthur to see off any early pressure from Yarde and take control of the fight in the later rounds to come out on top once again, winning on points to put to bed any doubts about the result of the first fight.
It’s going to be a good fight,” said Arthur – who appeared to have little time to talk – in a relaxed message as he walked off the stage.