Via Charles Brun: Anthony Yarde said he felt IBF/WBC light heavyweight champion Artur Beterbiev and WBO champion Joe Smith Jr were “slower than I thought” while watching them live in the ring last Saturday night at Madison Square Garden in New York.
Yarde (22-2, 21 KOs) could be next for Beterbiev (18-0, 18 KOs) on October 22 in London, England.
Whether or not Beterbiev is slower than Yarde thinks, he will still be a huge favorite with the judges, and it won’t take a miracle for Anthony to beat him.
Beterbiev coach Marc Ramsay said he has not heard anything about Yarde being next for Artur in October.
It’s unclear whether promoters Frank Warren and Bob Arum are hoping Beterbiev agrees to take on WBO Yarde #1 or his trainer Ramsay hasn’t been told about the fight with Yarde for some reason.
“If I win this war, my life will change,“Yarde said to Frank Warren’s Queensbury about his dream of beating the next Artur Betterbiev. “I will say it again. He was slower than I thought.”
Sergey Kovalev is not a speed demon, and he still beat Yarde in round 11 in 2019. Likewise, Lyndon Arthur was not a speed fighter and also beat Yarde.
“Even Joe Smith Jr is slower than I thought,“Yarde continued. “I said he and Joe Smith Jr looked slower than I thought. I don’t mean they are slow, but slower than I thought. I’m ready to get in there. Keep up the challenge,” Yarde said.
“You have to see Betterbiev in his form at the moment. I didn’t think Anthony would be so busy being late,” coach Joe Gallagher told SecondsOut.
“Anthony learned from the Kovalev war. It’s a style that I don’t think Artur Betterbiev has gone against. It will be interesting to see how he tackles that. Anthony did well against Kovalev. He just ran out of gas.
“Can he keep Artur Beterbiev for 12 rounds? There will be a lot of foot movement. I don’t think Anthony will go straight with him. Maybe he can. he might have an attitude if, ‘I’ll find you before you get me.’
“You have to go with Betterbiev, but I wouldn’t rule out Anthony. Everyone has a chance in boxing. His [beterbiev] strength is his strength. He has an unbelievable stab.
“If you’re fighting Beterbiev and have enough power with you, you have to sit in the pocket with him, and that’s it. I will fight fire with fire. If Callum Johnson rematches, he will do it again.
“I think you have to resent it a little bit and protest. Let’s tie our legs and wait for the referee to break and let Beterbiev down a bit,” Gallagher said of what Yarde should do to Beterbiev.
“He’s like Khabib from the UFC, it’s all about business, and I don’t think he’s going to take Anthony Yarde lightly,” Gallagher said.