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Boxing: Yarde seeking revenge

Boxing: Yarde seeking revenge

There's a huge domestic clash when British boxers Lyndon Arthur and Anthony Yarde share the ring for the second time on Saturday, December 4.

Arthur caused a big upset when claiming a split-decision victory over Yarde back in December and the Manchester man will be looking to repeat that win. Perhaps Yarde was guilty of overlooking the Manchester man, but there was certainly no fluke about the result.

King Arthur held on to his unbeaten record in the first bout and he is 11/10 to make 20 straight professional wins. There are no belts on the line, but Yarde is 4/6 to gain revenge in the rematch.

Yarde underestimated rival

The first bout between these two boxers was a close affair. Far closer than many had predicted prior to the contest. You could certainly argue that Yarde's aggression should have seen the Beast from the East get the verdict.

Either way, there was little between the fighters, and going into the bout it was Yarde that was seen as the a-side.

The Hackney puncher was the WBO European light-heavyweight champion, 18-0 and widely touted as a world title contender when getting his shot against a good, but 36-year-old Sergey Kovalev in 2019.

Yarde was exposed and the game plan of both the Beast from the East and his trainer Tunde Ajayi was questioned. The Londoner has decided to stay loyal to Ajayi. That is an interesting decision and it will be intriguing to see if the pair can hatch a successful plan this time around.

Yarde had certainly looked talented and powerful prior the defeats to Kovalev and Arthur, and the Hackney man does need to get his career back on track swiftly, at the age of 30.

King Arthur still dangerous

Arthur boxed well on the back foot in the first fight and his jab proved an effective weapon against an opponent that was just looking for big shots.

King Arthur won the vacant Commonwealth title against Emmanuel Anim prior to defeating Yarde, but that wasn't a level of form that you would have expected to trouble the Hackney man.

The Manchester man has since stopped the unbeaten Davide Faraci, and while the Italian was untested, that does look a decent victory.

It's fair to say that Yarde is the more talented and heavy-hitting fighter, but on the other hand Arthur is bound to have been well prepared, conditioned and he has a successful game plan from the first fight.

It's up to Yarde to change the direction in the rematch and if he can throw in combinations, up the workrate and not continually look for single heavy shots he should be able to win the bout.

Obviously, that isn't certain and it is tricky to have 100 per cent confidence in the Yarde and Ajayi set-up but the offer of 4/6 is an appealing one.

It isn't going to take much of an upturn in performance for the Beast from the East to turn the tables and it's unlikely that the Hackney puncher will overlook Arthur this time around.

Yarde remains a fighter with plenty of potential and he is the man with greater scope for improvement. The Hackney man certainly seems to have a better chance of dethroning King Arthur than the prices suggest.

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