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Anthony Yarde Blasts Out Spelman!

Knockout victory as Yarde sets up clash with Lyndon Arthur

By IntuBoxing   - @intuboxing

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In his second bout following defeat to Sergei Kovalev, Anthony Yarde blasted away Dec Spelman to setup a British blockbuster bout with Lyndon Arthur. Bouncing back from defeat was impressive enough, but after a summer where family members were lost to the Coronavirus, you have to give the man immense credit.

Fighting out of the blue corner with long time coach Tunde Ajaye behind him, it was Spelman who boxed clever in the opening round, arguably nicking a cagey start. As the fight moved on through the rounds, Yarde became more confident, looking like he was purposely taking his time to go through the gears. In the third leather was traded both way, but Yarde was getting the better of his man.

In the 6th round, the most entertaining round of the fight, both men traded leather. After a barage of punches however, Yarde knocked his man to the canvas and despite Spelman rising to his feet and saying he was fine the referee disagreed and waved the fight off amid protests.

The victory for Yarde now opens the way for a British showdown between Yarde and Lyndon Arthur.

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