By Barry Holbrook: Anthony Yarde placed on a masterclass efficiency final Saturday night time however sadly got here up wanting the mark towards the monster of the sunshine heavyweight champion Artur Beterbiev, shedding by an eighth spherical stoppage on the OVO Area in London, England.
Though Yarde (23-3, 22 KOs) nonetheless seemed recreation & match to proceed within the eighth, able to struggle on after being dropped by a punch to the bottom of his head by Beterbiev, his nook thought it clever to tug him out quite than let him struggle by way of this tough patch as he’d executed many occasions in the course of the struggle.
The gradual method received’t work
Now the query is, the place does the 31-year-old former two-time world title challenger Yarde go from right here?
What we all know is that he can’t afford to take the identical gradual method as he did the earlier time Yarde fought for a world title in 2019 by preventing pedestrian-level fighters pulled off skidrow to look good towards in gimme fights.
It takes too lengthy to get moved up the rankings when preventing solely poor opposition, which is what Yarde did for the final 4 years after his loss to Sergey Kovalev in 2019.
If Yarde’s promoter has him comply with the identical course as final time, it may imply that he received’t get one other world title shot till he’s 35 years previous, and he’ll doubtless be too previous by that time to have a sensible likelihood of capturing the world title.
Who subsequent for Anthony Yarde?
Good choices for Yarde for his subsequent struggle can be high 5 stage fighters like the next:
Joe Smith Jr
“I’d wish to see Artur Beterbiev in with Bivol now. Bivol holds the opposite belts. It’s a tremendous undisputed title struggle that may be, however I’d wish to see Anthony Yarde in with Joe Smith or somebody like that simply to indicate that he can clear out a few of these former champions as a result of I believe that’s a 4 spherical struggle for him,” stated Gareth A. Davies to talkSPORT Boxing on who Anthony Yarde ought to struggle subsequent after his knockout loss to Artur Beterbiev final Saturday night time.
“We’ve bought some superb fights right here as properly on British shores that Anthony Yarde can go for,” stated Spencer Oliver. “You’ve bought your Craig Richards; you’ve bought your Dan Azeez, who’s seeking to go as much as the following stage. There are massive fights on the market for him; there actually are.”
“Yarde’s popularity is enhanced tonight. I used to be so glad to be right here tonight to witness this struggle. Anthony Yarde’s inventory has gone up. Beterbiev hopefully goes on and fights for the undisputed title,” stated Davies.
“You noticed that Anthony Yarde began completely; he had the right recreation plan. He was ready for Beterbiev to return in as he was throwing his photographs. Like we have been saying all week, he was assembly hearth with hearth. He was letting the left hooks go.
Beterbiev’s flaws uncovered
“He perhaps had seen the weak spot, perhaps from the Callum Johnson struggle,” stated Oliver about Yarde.
“Countering him on a regular basis,” added Davies.
“Callum Johnson floored him within the second spherical, and Anthony Yarde was getting success as properly. Then Beterbiev began coming again, and Yarde confirmed large braveness by way of the rounds the best way that he was. He was having success.
“Each guys truly went to a really darkish place. Each guys bit down on their gumshields. Beterbiev ultimately got here by way of. Anthony Yarde, let me say this, Anthony Yarde, on every other night time towards every other champion on that efficiency, can be world champion proper now,” stated Oliver.
“I’m undecided he beats Bivol. Bivol is a unique type of fighter,” stated Davies.
“What I’m saying is that was a world class efficiency that was worthy of profitable a world title,” stated Oliver about Yarde.