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Anthony Yarde vs Artur Beterbiev: WBC, WBO, and IBF light-heavyweight titles

On January 28 at the OVO Arena in Wembley, Anthony Yarde will face the terrifying unified world champion Artur Beterbiev for the right to fight for the world title.

On Saturday night, Yarde stopped Stefani Koykov in the third round and confirmed he will battle Beterbiev for the WBC, WBO, and IBF light-heavyweight crowns in London.

With a second-round knockout win over Joe Smith Jr. in June, Beterbiev improved his record to 18-0 with 18 knockout victories.

"I never back down from a challenge, and Anthony Yarde is a top contender who asked for this fight," said Beterbiev, who was defeated by Oleksandr Usyk at the London 2012 Olympic Games.

"I look forward to fighting in London for the first time since the Olympics."

"Yarde called me 'slow' after my fight with Joe Smith Jr, but slow and steady wins the race and on January 28, I will win in London."

Yarde had Sergey Kovalev stop him in their lone 2019 battle for a world title, but the Hackney man is determined to surprise Beterbiev.

"January 28 will be my night," said Yarde. "My destiny playing out in my home city, and this is what I have been longing for throughout my professional career, which started at Wembley.

"I won't make any big predictions for this fight against a strong unified champion in Artur Beterbiev, but what I will say is that I will leave nothing to chance, and I am at my best when I fight fire with fire."


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