We make a quickfire return to Church House for Anthony Yarde's 22nd professional outing. Betfair's Frankie Monkhouse tipped a midweek winner and thinks he's solved this one too...
"With both men eager to get the upper hand early and land the big shots this clash should catch fire in the opening rounds."
Yarde hoping to finish on a high
We make a quickfire return to Church House, Westminster on Saturday evening as Frank Warren's Queensberry Promotions stages an exciting six-fight card. The bill is headlined by Anthony Yarde's Commonwealth title bid against fellow Englishman Lyndon Arthur at light heavyweight.
London's Yarde is favourite to finish the year on a high by adding another respected title to his haul and he'll be hoping to impress and drive himself back into the world title picture. To do that he must defeat an unbeaten opponent who has his own ambitions of mixing it with the best.
Yarde back to winning ways
Hackney's Yarde takes part in his 22nd professional contest and the former world title challenger brings a record of 20 wins against one defeat with 19 of those victories coming by way of knockout. His only defeat came in Russia when challenging pound-for-pound great Sergey Kovalev for the WBO world title. Yarde was competitive that night at the Traktor Sport Palace but was eventually stopped in round 11 by a vastly more experienced opponent.
Losing his proud unbeaten record was a blow for Yarde but he didn't let it derail his progress and quickly returned to winning ways. Beast was back six months later to stop Columbia's Diego Jair Ramirez in Spain before the end of the second round and followed that with the sixth round TKO of Dec Spelman at the York Hall in September.
Having returned to winning ways in convincing fashion and his experience at the top level of the division makes it easy to understand why bettors are desperate to keep on the right side of Yarde. Backers will find him no better than 1.222/9 in the fight winner market on the Betfair Exchange or there's 1.330/100 for the KO/TKO and 3.814/5 a points verdict.
Arthur carries a 70% KO average
Opponent Arthur may enter this bout as a betting underdog, but he carries an impressive 17-fight unbeaten record with a dozen of those wins coming inside the distance. The 29-year-old from Manchester has climbed the rankings due to that form and is currently seventh in the UK and 53rd in the world. That will improve significantly if Lyndon wins on Saturday.
Despite a 70% knockout average Arthur has won each of his last two bouts on the scorecards, proving he has the boxing ability to back up his power. That double began with a 12-round decision over Ghana's Emmanuel Anim in Leeds to win the vacant Commonwealth title and he defended against Spelman at the BT Sport Studio in July.
Arthur will return to the capital knowing the size of the challenge ahead of him but confident in his ability to cause an upset. Victory would send shockwaves through British boxing and change Lyndon's life overnight. This is a lottery ticket fight for him. He's 6.25/1 on the Betfair Exchange to win, 76/1 for a points victory or 87/1 the KO/TKO.
Experience is key
On paper, this looks to be a closely matched contest between an unbeaten fighter rising through the ranks and a former world champion challenger moving back down in grade. It has all the ingredients to be a classic and fight fans following the action live on TV are sure to enjoy the show.
Yarde has been mixing it in better company of late and his experience in Russia has improved him as a fighter. With both men eager to get the upper hand early and land the big shots this clash should catch fire in the opening rounds.