The top level boxing continues at pace here at Betfred. After the shock KO of Chris Eubank Jr by rival Liam Smith, we have another Brit, testing his wares against the world’s best.
Anthony Yarde takes on unbeaten, unified Light Heavyweight champion Artur Beterbiev on Saturday night. We’ve, as always, previewed the fight and given you our best bets for the event.
Beterbiev vs Yarde Predictions
- Artur Beterbiev to win by KO/TKO/DQ/Technical Decision – 2/7
- Artur Beterbiev to win in rounds 10-12 – 6/1
- Artur Beterbiev to win in round 10 – 14/1
Where and when is the fight taking place?
The fight is happening at the OVO Arena in Wembley on Saturday 28th January and will be broadcast live and exclusively on BT Sport in the UK. The event will be a Frank Warren and Bob Arum co-promotion for Queensbury and Top Rank. The show will start at 5.30pm, with the main ring walk taking place at around 10.30pm.
What does the full fight card look like?
- Main event: Artur Beterbiev vs Anthony Yarde – For WBC, IBF, and WBO light-heavyweight titles
- Artem Dalakian vs David Jimenez – for WBA flyweight title
- Karol Itauma vs Ezequiel Osvaldo Maderna
- Charles Frankham vs Joshua Ocampo
- Umar Khan vs Sandeep Singh Bhatti
- Sean Noakes vs Santiago Garces
- Tommy Fletcher vs Darryl Sharp
- Masood Abdulah vs Lesther Lara
- Joshua Frankham vs Joe Hardy
- Khalid Ali vs Ivica Gogosevic
- Moses Itauma vs Marcel Bode
(subject to change)
Who’s the favourite?
Beterbiev is a huge 1/8 favourite, with Yarde a 11/2 shot to pull off the massive shock. The draw is available at 22/1 at the time of writing.
What’s been said?
“I never back down from a challenge, and Anthony Yarde is a top contender who asked for this fight.
I look forward to fighting in London for the first time since the Olympics. Yarde called me ‘slow’ after my fight with Joe Smith Jr., but slow and steady wins the race.”
“It feels like the right time for me. I came from nothing and if I get an opportunity I take it
I need to stop fighting monsters but I got into this sport to fight the best. Lions have no choice but to hunt if they are going hungry.
January 28 will be my night. My destiny playing out in my home city, and this is what I have been longing for throughout my professional career, which started at Wembley.
I won’t make any big predictions for this fight against a strong unified champion in Artur Beterbiev, but what I will say is that I will leave nothing to chance, and I am at my best when I fight fire with fire.”
Artur Beterbiev to win by KO/TKO/DQ/Technical Decision – 2/7
Anthony Yarde’s career has been a frustrating one for any British fight fan. Constantly matched against lower quality opponents in an attempt to pad his record and then thrown in against a monster (at the time) in Sergey Kovalev.
Since then he’s fought a couple of stay busy fights, split two fights with Lyndon Arthur and now is going in with another monster in Russian, Artur Beterbiev.
Yarde tried his best against Kovalev and hurt him at times but eventually was stopped late. I foresee a similar story against the hard-hitting lineal champion.
Artur Beterbiev to win in rounds 10-12 – 6/1
The 38-year-old Russian was late to the professional ranks but has been fast tracked and now holds three of the baubles at light-heavy.
Beterbiev has won all 18 of his fights via KO and three of his last four fights have been in round 9 or later. Yarde may be out his depth here but he is durable and should take this one long.
Artur Beterbiev to win in round 10 – 14/1
As an added long-shot, I’ve opted for Beterbiev to win in round 10. He beat Oleksandr Gvozdyk and Adam Deines in the same round recently.
*All prices correct at the time of writing.
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