Artur Beterbiev outlasts Anthony Yarde in light-heavyweight classic

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Artur Beterbiev overcame a mini-crisis to retain his world light-heavyweight titles against a spirited Anthony Yarde at London’s Wembley Arena.  

The unbeaten champion found the necessary shots to end the contest in the eighth session, but only after overcoming a relentless challenger who went all out to prove that he belonged at world level. 

Yarde made a solid start and although he tried to set a fast pace, he couldn’t maintain his effort in every round as Beterbiev enjoyed many successes.  

The 38-year-old appeared to be buzzed on many occasions, but whenever Yarde looked like he was getting ahead, Beterbiev would find just enough to turn the fight back in his favour. 

In round number eight of a pulsating fight, Beterbiev put it all together. A solid right hand did most of the damage and a further one floored the London man.  

When Yarde beat the count by the narrowest of margins, his corner ended the bout before Beterbiev could inflict further punishment on the brave challenger. 

All updates from tonight's show can be found below.


Beterbiev stops Yarde in round eight

Artur Beterbiev finds the shots he requires to halt matters in the eighth round. A right hand drops Yarde and although he beats the count, his corner stops the fight.

Beterbiev vs. Yarde: Round Seven

We're watching something special. Yarde is doing good stuff but Beterbiev just keeps coming. A final minute onslaught from Beterbiev gives him the round. 10-9 Beterbiev.

Beterbiev vs. Yarde: Round Six

Both men are feeling this. It's a close round that saw a slight reduction in action but it's Yarde who stands out a little more. 10-9 Yarde.

Beterbiev vs. Yarde: Round Five

Incredible round. Stunning. Yarde has a great round until the last 20 seconds. Both men exchanged huge shots but it's Yarde who takes the round. 10-9 Beterbiev.

Beterbiev vs. Yarde: Round Four

Beterbiev is relentless. This fight is superb but is Yarde feeling it? His face is being marked up. 10-9 Beterbiev.

Beterbiev vs. Yarde: Round Three

Beterbiev jab is working well. Yarde is being forced to work at a fast pace and it looks like he could've been slightly buzzed at the end of the round. 10-9 Beterbiev.

Beterbiev vs. Yarde: Round Two

Beterbiev is fancying this. He's walking forward and is getting more confident but he's still taking too may shots. Beterbiev does a little more and that gives him the session. 10-9 Beterbiev.

Beterbiev vs. Yarde: Round One

A decent start from Yarde. He's made Beterbiev miss with plenty but the champion won't stop coming forward. Yarde edges the first with the cleaner work. 10-9 Yarde.

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The action should be starting soon

It's a big night at London's Wembley as Anthony Yarde gets ready for one of most sternest tasks in boxing by facing Artur Beterbiev. DAZN will be bringing you updates from the night.

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