Yarde is next in line to fight the undefeated champion (Picture: Getty)
Anthony Yarde saw ‘plenty of ways’ in which he can beat light-heavyweight king Artur Beterbiev when they meet later this year.
Beterbiev underlined his credentials as the best light-heavyweight planet on Saturday with another destructive win inside two rounds over Joe Smith Jr, taking the American’s WBO title to add to a collection that already includes the WBC and IBF titles.
Yarde, who was ringside at Madison Square Garden over the weekend, is the mandatory challenger for the WBO belt with a showdown in London in October ‘more or less agreed’, according to the Briton’s promoter Frank Warren.
And while Beterbiev has amassed the most fearsome record in boxing, having won all 18 of his fights via knockout, the east Londoner is confident of causing the upset.
‘Beterbiev is a wrecking ball but I will be the breath of wind he cannot catch,’ Yarde told the Daily Mail.
Beterbiev blitzed Smith Jr inside two rounds on Saturday (Picture: Getty)
‘Yes, he is the best of the light-heavyweight champions now, but even in this brief fight I saw plenty of ways of beating him. I would be more afraid fighting a master boxer.
‘This man has serious power but he’s not as fast as I expected. This is a challenge I will relish.’
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Yarde has challenged for a world title on one previous occasion – coming up short against Sergey Kovalev in 2019 having travelled to Russia to give the champion a major scare before being stopped in the 10th round.
Should Yarde get his title shot this year it will scupper immediate plans for Beterbiev to meet WBA champion Dmitry Bivol to crown an undisputed champion of the division.
Bivol became just the second man after Floyd Mayweather Jr to beat Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez in May.
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