Anthony Yarde gained revenge against Lyndon Arthur with a brilliant fourth-round stoppage that has likely closed the door on a brilliant domestic rivalry. Yarde was essentially fighting for his career against Arthur, and it looked like that as he was relentless from the first bell with tactics a million miles away from last year’s meeting, where Arthur was victorious.
Yarde had promised such a performance in the build-up, and he was true to his word as he jumped on Arthur from the opening bell. However, despite Arthur enjoying a decent round two, Yarde responded brilliantly to take away all of the Manchester man’s advantages.
In the fourth session, Yarde was aggressive once more, and after pinning Arthur on the ropes, he unleashed a brilliant attack that landed frequently on Arthur’s exposed target. However, a solid-looking body shot seemed to be the undoing of Arthur, and when he followed that up with a superb right hand, Arthur was down, and he was unable to beat the count.
Yarde’s attention will now turn to January’s world title fight between Joe Smith and Callum Johnson as he patiently waits for a shot at the winner. Yarde is likely to challenge the victor of that fight, and on this showing, he looks capable of going a step further at the highest level than his previous effort against Sergey Kovalev in 2019 when he was stopped in the late rounds.
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