The WBO light-heavyweight number one contender Lyndon Arthur will make his 2021 bow at the Royal Albert Hall on July 10
‘King Arthur’ has been out of action for seven months recovering from a hand injury after defeating Anthony Yarde in December. The split decision verdict and Yarde’s outrage at the scorecards have put them both on a collision course for a rematch in the future. For now though both Arthur and Yarde return in separate fights next month.
Arthur will defend his WBO Inter-Continental title against unbeaten Italian Davide Faraci (15-0, 7 KOs). Yarde, meanwhile, will feature in a ten-round fight against Germany’s Emin Atra (17-0, 12 KOs) who is also yet to taste defeat.
“Of course, the rematch is what everyone wants and it will happen at some stage,” said their promoter Frank Warren via a Queensbury Promotions press release.
“It is fantastic to get them on the same bill. Both of them have a point to prove and BT Sport viewers can look forward to them both impressing.
“Lyndon has leapt to number one with the WBO and will want to show the champion Joe Smith Jr how much of a threat he is.
“Anthony will still feel aggrieved that the decision went Lyndon’s way and has vowed never to trust judges again so he will go for it against Atra, for sure.”
Next month’s card will also see the return of WBO number one super-middleweight contender Zach Parker. And after missing out last weekend due to a Covid-19 issue Archie Sharp also features on the July 10 show taking on Nicaragua’s Marcio Soza (21-6-2, 12 KOs) for the vacant WBO Global super-featherweight strap. A win for Sharp will cement his top five ranking with the World Boxing Organisation and keep him on the right path to a world title shot.
Main image: Queensbury Promotions