Anthony Yarde put in what was absolutely the most effective efficiency of his professional profession, knocking out Lyndon Arthur within the fourth spherical to get some revenge from final yr’s first combat between the 2, win the Commonwealth gentle heavyweight title, and sure set himself up for one more world title shot.
Yarde (22-2, 21 KO) began aggressively from the opening bell, however wasn’t reckless about it. Arthur (19-1, 13 KO) did his greatest to tie Yarde up, sluggish him down, grapple with him, something which may sap some vitality and a number of the pep in Yarde’s step, and had a strong second spherical himself.
However Yarde made his personal early adjustment, not letting Arthur achieve this a lot of that smothering, tempo-changing work within the third spherical, touchdown some good photographs early and late within the body, and after Arthur linked on an excellent shot within the fourth, Yarde really got here alive, placing collectively a mix of photographs, hurting Arthur to the physique, after which dropping him on a ultimate proper hand to the pinnacle.
The official ruling was KO at 1:27 of spherical 4. It did seem Arthur could have barely crushed the rely, however he was additionally not in any situation to proceed in response to referee Bob Williams, and within the ring when the decision was made, Arthur provided no argument.
Yarde, 30, could now be set as much as face the winner of the Jan. 15 WBO title fight between Joe Smith Jr and Callum Johnson, and the Yarde we noticed tonight is a serious risk to both of these males, and in addition it might be a doubtlessly nice motion combat. He seems to be much more prepared for that type of step now than he did in 2019, when he bought a shot at Sergey Kovalev and was stopped within the eleventh spherical in Russia.
- Hamzah Sheeraz TKO-9 Bradley Skeete: Skeete was doing fairly effectively for seven rounds right here — I had him up 68-65, although it might have been a spherical nearer, I feel — however Sheeraz, who had been doing nothing however aimlessly following Skeete round, began urgent and scored a legit knockdown within the eighth. Sheeraz then landed two (2) late punches on Skeete, and Skeete simply by no means recovered. The punches had been fairly blatant and will have been a DQ in a distinct setting or with completely different A- and B-side dynamics, however Sheeraz was solely docked some extent by referee Steve Grey. Skeete was dropped once more within the eighth after which stopped early within the ninth on a 3rd knockdown. With out the 2 late photographs, Sheeraz nonetheless might have carried out what he did in the long run, I feel, simply by urgent the way in which he began to lastly. He was legitimately attending to Skeete and is an even bigger, youthful, stronger man. However I hate how this went down. Arduous to not really feel Skeete bought the quick finish of the stick a bit on this one, he hadn’t had a severe combat in just a few years and confirmed actual motivation for this one.
- Sam Noakes TKO-9 Shaun Cooper: Noakes goes to 8-0 (8 KO) with the ninth spherical stoppage, a name from referee Ian John-Lewis that irritated Cooper (11-3, 0 KO), and I feel he was proper to be. Being trustworthy, Cooper didn’t appear to have any likelihood to win, however he wasn’t precisely in dire straits and making a questionable name on this state of affairs leaves the inevitability that even worse choices will probably be made another time. Noakes, a 24-year-old light-weight prospect, has energy and upside for positive, however nonetheless makes errors that could be an issue towards fighters who punch higher than Cooper, or who’re only a bit extra technically expert, even. A possible matchup with fellow prospect Mark Chamberlain — who beat Cooper by eight-round shutout in Oct. 2020 — has been teased and could be a pleasant combat for Noakes, one thing fascinating for 2 unbeaten fighters who wish to get someplace.
- Dennis McCann PTS-8 Juan Jurado: McCann, a Frank Warren favourite, began his profession at 118 however is seeking to settle in at 122, which makes sufficient sense, he’s 20 years previous and making 118 for for much longer was going to get powerful, no motive to maintain doing it to combat at this degree in the interim. He’s now 11-0 (6 KO), and he definitely tried to get the stoppage on this combat, however Argentina’s Jurado (15-5-3, 1 KO) was a troublesome cookie, hung in there, survived, didn’t get himself in an excessive amount of hassle, and was sport making an attempt to attain along with his personal offense. McCann bought the referee’s card 80-72, which was absolutely deserved, he gained each spherical.
- Karol Itauma TKO-1 Tamas Laska: Stoppage got here when Laska (19-29-1, 10 KO) took a knee after a physique shot and referee Steve Grey waved it off instantly. A fast hook however the combat wasn’t more likely to get any extra aggressive, both, and Itauma (5-0, 3 KO) is a handsome gentle heavyweight prospect. He says his plans are to win a British title by 2023 and a world title by 2026. He’s 21 proper now so he clearly isn’t making an attempt to hurry stuff, he needs to take his time and ensure he’s a cultured fighter when he begins getting severe.
- Kamil Sokolowski PTS-8 George Fox: Sokolowski, a Polish journeyman who lives in the UK and is well-known for combating heavyweight prospects and very often taking doubtful choice losses, will get one in his favor, as referee Lee Each scored this 79-75 for the veteran. Dangerous Left Hook had it 77-75 for Sokolowski; I assumed Fox (4-1, 0 KO) was truly fairly first rate within the first 4 rounds, had him up 3-1, after which Sokolowski (11-23-2, 4 KO) took over clearly within the second half. I nonetheless anticipated Fox to get the choice as a result of I’ve seen Sokolowski “lose” this type of combat repeatedly, however Each had the winner proper right here. You must be glad for Sokolowski, who at all times works arduous and breaks a four-fight shedding streak with this win. Fox is 29 and, being trustworthy, doesn’t appear to have a large future regardless of his nickname, however he may very well be a good home heavyweight if he can tighten his sport up some from right here. This may definitely be a studying defeat for him, and if he can get higher and win a pair, perhaps even run it again with Sokolowski in a yr or so. Kamil will nonetheless be there.