Via Jim Calfa: Promoter Frank Warren says WBO must-have Anthony Yarde is ready to take on the winner of a June 18 unification fight between 175 lb champions Artur Beterbiev & Joe Smith Jr in October, featuring possible in the UK.
Yarde (22-2, 21 KOs) has been ranked 1st with WBO and is waiting to go up in smoke after next month’s unification bout between IBF/WBC light heavyweight champion Beterbiev (17-0, 17 KO) and WBO champion Smith Jr. (March 28, KO) on June 18 at Madison Square Garden in New York.
175-lb WBA champion Dmitry Bivol has mentioned several times in the past two weeks since his win over Canelo Alvarez that he wants to take on Beterbiev vs Smith Jr winners for the undisputed title. However, that doesn’t seem to be happening right now.
Top Ratings promoter Bob Arum said this week that he’s not interested in pitting winner Beterbiev-Smith against Bivol because he fights on the DAZN app and those two fight on ESPN . Arum hinted that Bivol will defend against Gilberto ‘Zurdo’ Ramirez in his WBA next.
Frank Warren told Secondsout about last Saturday’s WBA lightweight final elimination match between Joshua Buatsi and Craig Richards.
“I thought [Craig] Richards presented himself in a really good way and brought up a few issues for him,” continued Warren. So that’s the ultimate elimination for [WBA 175-lb champion Dmitry] Bivol.
“I don’t know why they’re talking about Anthony Yarde. That’s what you fought for, that’s what you signed up for, so fight Bivol. Anthony Yarde has bigger fish to fry at the moment. He’s in a great position.
“He is the next mandatory WBO for the three belts that Joe Smith and [Artur] Betterbiev is fighting for, and he will get the winner of the fight in Octoberand we’re trying to do that here. That’s where we’re at,” Warren said.
We’ll see if Yarde fights winners Beterbiev and Smith in October. If Yarde can’t get that fight this year, it will be interesting to see who he faces.
Does Yarde sit and wait for his final mandatory title shot, or does he keep active by fighting Joshua Buatsi or perhaps Craig Richards?
“If he wins, Anthony, and I think he has a good chance of winning that world title, he’ll be up against Buatsi right away. It’s okay,” Warren said.
“I don’t know what Buatsi will do in the meantime. It’s up to him and his people. I don’t even know if he’s going to stay where he is,” Warren said.
Yarde, 30, is close to a fourth-round knockout win over Lyndon Arthur last December in their rematch. In 2020, Arthur defeated Yarde by a decisive 12-round match.