Many boxing fans are expecting a dominant knockout win from the powerful light-heavyweight champion, Artur Beterbiev, when he faces Anthony Yarde.
However, the scores on the punch machine suggest that the Brit’s power should not be underestimated.
Beterbiev has knocked out all eighteen of his opponents, since turning professional in 2013. The Russian-Canadian is set for a mammoth 2023, where he fights mandatory challenger Anthony Yarde in January, before aiming to fight Dmitry Bivol for the undisputed title.
In the eyes of many, a win over Yarde is pretty much a foregone conclusion, with very few picking the Brit to pull off the upset, after he was stopped by Sergey Kovalev in his last challenge for a world title.
However, the punch machine stats would tell a different story, as Yarde scored a ‘record’ score of 989, compared to Beterbiev’s 805.
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Although fans know that these scores won’t do anything to help Yarde on the night, the underdog may take some confidence from the fact that he can at least compete with Beterbiev’s power, even on the trivial boxing machine.
Beterbiev and Yarde go head-to-head on January 28th at Wembley Arena, live on BT Sport, where fans can see if Yarde has got into the head of Beterbiev, by beating him on the punch machine.