Former world title challenger Anthony Yarde returns to action on Saturday and Betfair's Frankie Monkhouse expects a convincing performance...
"There’s a gulf in class between these two fighters and that’s expected to show on Saturday."
Queensberry Promotions fight night
Frank Warren for Queensberry Promotions returns to action this weekend when presenting a competitive card from the BT Sport Studio in Stratford on Saturday evening. Seven bouts make up the programme with light heavyweight sensation Anthony Yarde top of the bill.
The Peacock Gym-trained sensation takes on Dec Spelman in a 10-round contest as Yarde aims to secure another win and move back towards major honours. Followers get the chance to catch up on the careers of several promising fighters, including Mark Heffron, Denzel Bentley, Ekow Essuman, and Nathan Gorman.
Yarde brings a 90% KO average
Yarde heads into fight 21 of his fledgling professional career with a record detailing 19 wins against one defeat. The 6ft orthodox boxer from Essex has scored all but one of his victories inside the distance, resulting in a fearsome 90% knockout average. He's ranked third in the UK behind Joshua Buatsi and Callum Johnson but can make ground on the leading pair this year.
The spare defeat on Yarde's CV came against hall of famer Sergey Kovalev in Russia last summer when contesting the WBO world title. Many pundits believed Yarde had been thrown to the lions that night, but he came out fighting and pushed Krusher hard before suffering an eleventh round stoppage. Anthony may have returned without the championship belt but Yarde proved he belongs at that level and will improve for the experience.
Spelman has lost his last two
All the talk in the build-up to Saturday's show focuses on Yarde and just how far he can go in the game which has allowed opponent Spelman to fly under the radar. The 28-year-old from Scunthorpe heads to the capital without pressure but will fancy his chances of causing an upset and furthering his own career at the expense of his opponent. Kid Nytro brings a 16-4-0 professional record but only eight of those wins have come by way of knockout.
The 5ft 11inch orthodox has already lost to Lyndon Arthur in 2020 when beaten on points over 12 rounds with the Commonwealth title on the line. That defeat came on the back of another loss for Dec who was outpointed across 10 rounds by Shakan Pitters at the York Hall, Bethnal Green last summer with the English title on the line. Back-to-back losses doesn't do much to inspire confidence in Spelman causing an upset here.
No surprises in the betting
There are no surprises in the pre-fight betting with the Betfair Sportsbook offering Yarde as a 1/25 favourite to collect another win. In the method of victory market the jolly is as tight as 1/4 to score a KO victory with the points cheer trading at 7/2.
Traders have been quick to dismiss the chances of Dec ruining the party and backers who fancy an upset can get 10/1 at Betfair on Spelman. Looking to push it further? He's 14/1 for the KO/TKO win or 22/1 to take this bout on the scorecards. Both are big prices for good reason.
Yarde to get the job done
Last summer Yarde was competing with a living legend in Kovalev for a world title in Russia while Spelman was losing an English title fight by a four-round margin. There's a gulf in class between these two fighters and that's expected to show on Saturday.
Yarde will be in a hurry to get the job done and prove he remains a top player in this division. There will be bigger and better to come from Anthony this year but he must showcase his talents and beat Spelman in style. The underdog has never been stopped but he has been put down three times early. Yarde has claimed three of his last 10 wins in round four. Take Yarde to win this one in round four @ 5/1 (Betfair Sportsbook).