In a highly-anticipated light heavyweight title fight, Artur Beterbiev defended his unified titles by stopping Anthony Yarde in the 8th round, after Yarde's team threw in the towel. The fight, held in London, was a classic battle between the two fighters, with two of the judges having Yarde ahead on the scorecards before the stoppage. Beterbiev's record now stands at 19-0, with all of his wins coming by way of knockout.
Despite giving everything he had in the ring, Yarde was unable to end Beterbiev's reign as champion. Beterbiev, who took the mic post-fight, called out Bivol for an undisputed match. The fight was an incredible performance by both men, and it will be remembered for years to come as a true light heavyweight classic.
The fight was a highly-anticipated matchup between two of the top light heavyweight fighters in the world, and it did not disappoint. From the opening bell, both Beterbiev and Yarde came out with a sense of urgency, looking to assert their dominance in the ring. Beterbiev, known for his powerful punches and relentless pressure, immediately set to work on Yarde's defense. Yarde, who had been preparing for the fight for months, was determined to make a statement and put on a strong performance.
The early rounds were closely contested, with both fighters having their moments in the ring. Beterbiev's powerful punches and relentless pressure were putting Yarde on the back foot, but Yarde's speed and movement were giving Beterbiev trouble. The fight was a true battle of wills, with both fighters refusing to back down.
As the fight progressed, Beterbiev began to take control of the action. His relentless pressure and powerful punches were taking their toll on Yarde, and it was clear that Yarde was struggling to keep up with the pace of the fight. By the 8th round, Yarde's corner decided to throw in the towel, bringing the fight to an end.
The post-fight analysis was interesting, as the judges scorecards were read and it was revealed that two of the judges had Yarde up on the scorecards before the stoppage, proving how close the fight was. However, Beterbiev's dominant performance in the later rounds ultimately led to his victory.
Beterbiev took the mic post-fight and called out Bivol for an undisputed match, showing his ambition and desire to continue climbing the ranks and be the undisputed champion. Overall it was an incredible performance by both fighters, and it will be remembered as a true light heavyweight classic.