Many boxing fans are expecting an overwhelming knockout victory from the powerful light-heavyweight champion, Artur Beterbiev, when he takes on Anthony Yarde.
However, the score on the punch machine shows that Brit’s strength should not be underestimated.
Beterbiev has knocked out all 18 opponents since turning professional in 2013. The Russian-Canadian tennis player is gearing up for a 2023 tournament where he takes on mandatory challenger Anthony Yarde in January, before that aim to fight Dmitry Bivol for the undisputed title.
In the eyes of many, a win over Yarde was almost a predictable outcome, with few choosing the British to relieve their sadness, after he was stopped by Serge Kovalev in his final challenge for a world title.
The puncher stats tell a different story, however, as the Yarde hit a ‘record’ score of 989, compared to Beterbiev’s 805.
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While fans know these scores won’t help Yarde tonight, the loser can regain some confidence that he can at least compete with Beterbiev’s power, even on a mediocre boxing machine.
Beterbiev and Yarde face off on January 28 at Wembley Arenalive on BT Sport, where fans can see if Yarde hit Beterbiev in the head by hitting him on a punching machine.