Lyndon Arthur 2.427/5
Anthony Yarde 1.794/5
Old rivals Lyndon Arthur and Anthony Yarde meet in a hotly anticipated rematch on Saturday in the Frank Warren promoted show at the Copper Box Arena. Manchester's King Arthur scored a surprise win over London's former world title challenger on a split decision last year.
Unbeaten Arthur holds the bragging rights over Yarde as well as a proud unbeaten record and would drive himself through the light heavyweight rankings with another win in east London. Aiming to stop him while getting his career back on track is Yarde who knows this is a must-win bout after losing two of his last five.
Who will come out on top and end the year on a high, move into contention for a shot at the top names in the division in 2022? You can back your preference at Betfair, and there's plenty to keep you interested.
King Arthur aims to remain undefeated
Arthur enters bout 20 of his professional career with a perfect 19-0-0 record, 13 of his wins coming by knockout, resulting in a 68% KO average. Despite his natural punch power, the 30-year-old has stopped only one opponent in his last four fights, with the other three being 12-round points decisions. He beat Emmanuel Anim on the scorecards to win the vacant Commonwealth title before defending that strap against Dec Spelman. The split decision win over Yarde last year was his third points victory on the bounce.
The spare stoppage came in King Arthur's most recent outing when dealing with the previously unbeaten Davide Faraci in nine rounds back in the summer at the Royal Albert Hall. The WBO Inter-Continental title was on the line that evening in London, and Arthur made sure he left with the prize, knocking his opponent to the canvas twice in the ninth round. Referee Marcus O'Donnell then stepped in to save the beaten man from any further punishment.
Lyndon's recent form is impressive, and he has been dealing with unbeaten or well-respected opponents without too much fuss. He doesn't get the respect he deserves for his achievements outside of his dedicated fans, but he's a fighter going places. A fourth points win in five is 2.486/4, or you can back the KO/TKO at 7.06/1.
Yarde is under pressure
Yarde famously challenged Sergey Kovalev for the WBO world title in Russia, turning in a great performance before Krusher got to him, winning by stoppage in the penultimate round. Despite that experience of mixing it with a boxing great and challenging for a world title, Anthony enters fight number 24 of his career under pressure to claim the win needed to push him back into world title contention.
The fighter from Hackney has dropped to 16th in the world rankings and is only fifth in the UK, a list topped by Callum Smith and Joshua Buatsi. The 6ft orthodox boxer brings a professional record of 21-2-0, with 20 of his wins coming inside the distance. Yarde, a product of the world-famous Peacock stable formerly in Canning Town, carries an 87% KO average and knows his best chance of gaining revenge comes from that natural power.
Since losing to Arthur, we've seen Yarde make just one appearance, beating Alex Theran inside the opening round in Birmingham in August. The Betfair Sportsbook makes another KO/TKO for the favourite a 2.8815/8 chance. The points victory is 4.03/1.
Back the underdog
Yarde is the more experienced fighter with the dangerous KO average, but Arthur is unbeaten, ranked higher and already has a win over Yarde. He is also the taller fighter with a longer reach, which will make the difference on fight night.
Arthur is the better boxer of the two and will pick up where he left off against Yarde, banking the early rounds then pulling clear as the Londoner becomes desperate. Back Arthur to win on points, and he should do it more convincingly than last year.