Anthony Yarde: British heavyweight title fight in the balance

Anthony Yarde and Lyndon Arthur have to be separated during their first fight Watching and following Anthony Yarde’s epic points win over Lyndon Arthur in their British heavyweight title bout is a bit like…

Anthony Yarde: British heavyweight title fight in the balance

Anthony Yarde and Lyndon Arthur have to be separated during their first fight

Watching and following Anthony Yarde’s epic points win over Lyndon Arthur in their British heavyweight title bout is a bit like being dragged for a ride with Ed Sheeran.

There will be more songs, more punches and much more talking than action but – and just like the boys from the world’s most decorated country – the atmosphere will be electric.

Both fighters wore black outfits – Arthur the introspection of a boxer of deep experience, until he suddenly appears to burst into the song, while Yarde is in a new era – forever a teenager, he’s no longer a skinny, 20-year-old standout.

Even though he beat Arthur by a points decision in May, he has struggled since – perhaps not fully understanding why it happened, perhaps just ‘reeking’ of triumph, or maybe just holding his hand out to disappointingly ask the officials for ‘life’ when they tell him he’s won.

His unemotional training camp, self-aggrandisement and inconsistent performance under Jose Ureña, all reminded people of a style that has not been his hallmark and which is not one he wishes to return to.

The fight itself is also moving forward at a snail’s pace. Judging from a press conference just after it had been arranged, it has been three weeks since the fight was first scheduled.

Prior to that, neither fighter had a look-in. Arthur said he wanted to watch Arthur’s first fight with Maurice Hooker, in the meantime the Leedsman may have watched Wareham’s latest attempt at world-class ringcraft.

Arthur said he doesn’t worry about the time he will lose leading up to the fight, so we will all wait with bated breath, both for the work-out and for the cut to the rain-soaked synthetic claret in the dressing room.

The fight is set to start at about 0600 BST and you can watch it live on BBC Two at 13:15.

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