BRITISH light-heavyweight boxer Anthony Yarde is confident he can beat light-heavyweight champion Artur Beterbiev if they face off against one another in the ring.

Beterbiev beat Joe Smith Jr inside two rounds on Saturday to add the WBO title to his WBC and IBF belts.



The Canada-based Russian is now set to go toe-to-toe with Yarde in October in a bid to add the WBA belt to his accolades.

And while the 37-year-old boasts a perfect record of 18-0 with 18 knockouts, Yarde is confident he can upset the apple cart.

Yarde, 30, was ringside in New York as Beterbiev won his third belt and told reporters: "Beterbiev is coming to London, we are going to make it happen.

"It's a lot of money but where I come from, I see it as opportunity to try and make a legacy.

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"Money runs out but legacy lives on forever. The preparation will begin intensely as soon as I get back to London. I'll shock a lot of people. I'm quite confident."

"He showed what he is – very strong and a good power puncher. Smith's tactics played into the hands of Beterbiev. He could have gone in with more confidence, more jabs and more footwork.

Yarde is the WBO's mandatory challenger to Beterbiev. His pro record stands at 22-2 with his most recent fight ending in a fourth round knockout victory against fellow Brit Lyndon Arthur.

However, Beterbiev could also consider a bout against current WBA champion Dmitry Bivol, but Yarde is unlikely to step aside to allow this to happen.

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Yarde added: "The key to beating Beterbiev is to be sharper, quicker, more intelligent and we'll see on fight night. From what I saw today, he's a heavy hitter but he was just swinging shots over the top.

"As you've seen in boxing time and time again, the punch that hurts the most, is the punch you don't see. To me, they both looked slow."

A fight against Beterbiev would be Yarde's second attempt at a championship, with his first ending in defeat to then WBO champion Sergey Kovalev in 2019.

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