Light-Heavyweight contender 🇬🇧Anthony “The Beast from the East” Yarde (19-1-0, 18KO) makes his return to the ring Saturday as he takes on 🇬🇧Dec “Kid Nytro” Spelman (16-4-0, 8KO) in a 10 round bout from the BT Sport Studio in London, United Kingdom.
It’s been seven months since Yarde, 29, has been in action. In February he traveled to Spain and dispatched Diego Jair Ramirez in two rounds in a tune up following his knockout loss to Sergey Kovalev in 2019, in what was his first crack at a world title.
The coronavirus pandemic has been a heavy burden on the world, and for Yarde it has been especially traumatic as both his father and grandmother would succumb to the disease just days apart. Of much lesser importance, the coronavirus scrapped Yarde’s bout with domestic rival Lyndon Arthur that was scheduled for April 11th but the two still plan to square off later this year.
This will be the second fight for Dec Spelman in less than two months. Interestingly enough that previous fight came against Lyndon Arthur where Spelman lost a one sided unanimous decision. Spelman, 28, has his toughness working for him as he has never been stopped in his career and has been dropped just once. Spelman has dropped his previous two fights, to Shakan Pitters in December of 2019 and the aforementioned loss to Arthur, and he has an even tougher mountain to climb against the physically imposing, power punching Yarde Saturday.
Odds against him: While Spelman may get respect for stepping up to the plate against Yarde, the betting odds reflect the sentiments of boxing fans not giving him much of a chance. Yarde -3500/ Spelman +1200
A fight that may be worth a watch for hardcores takes place on the undercard to Yarde/Spelman as British heavy 🇬🇧Nathan Gorman looks to get back in the win column, in his first return to the ring in 14 months.
The 24 year old Gorman (16-1-0, 11KO) will be engaging in a ten round heavyweight battle with 🇬🇭Richard Lartey (14-2-0, 11KO) of Ghana. Both men find unfortunate common ground in having fallen at the hands of rising British heavyweight Daniel Dubois. Lartey was taken out in four rounds in April of 2019, and Gorman three months later in what was his latest outing.
The oddsmaker like Gorman to take this one. Gorman -850/ Lartey +525