Anthony Yarde: I Will Destroy The Beterbiev-Smith Winner

Anthony Yarde

Anthony Yarde plans on destroying the winner of the upcoming light-heavyweight unification between Artur Beterbiev and Joe Smith Jr.

Three world titles will be on the line come June 18 at the Madison Square Garden Theatre, New York and Yarde (22-2, 21 KOs) could land a shot against the winner.

The heavy-handed Brit is the number one contender for Smith’s WBO title and is also placed at three in the WBC and IBF rankings where Beterbiev sits as champion.

“I am going to keep a close eye on it when they fight each other, and I will be looking to destroy the winner,” said Yarde in a Queensbury Promotions press release.

It’s been nearly three years since Anthony Yarde’s first and only world title challenge to date. On August 24, 2019, the Londoner was in Russia to take on Sergey Kovalev. Despite being stopped in the 11th round after a memorable bout he says the experience will benefit him.

“I definitely feel in a better place. The reason I feel in a better place is because I have gained more experience and I have been at that level before.

“I would say there is not as much pressure, but there is always going to be pressure. I’ve got the experience and, with that being said, I feel like I know what I need to do.”