Last night at York Hall in London, Anthony Yarde got back in the ring after having overcome some awful personal tragedy (the deaths of his father and grandmother to COVID-19) and the light-heavyweight contender looked good in becoming the first man to stop countryman Dec Spelman. Yarde, best known to fight fans for his gutsy effort against Sergey Kovalev, where he was winning the fight last August, only to be stopped late, took Spelman out in the sixth round.
Yarde, who will now likely fight reigning Commonwealth 175 pound champ Lyndon Arthur (on the under-card of the highly anticipated heavyweight battle between Daniel Dubois and Joe Joyce; this fight set for October but perhaps to be moved yet again), was patient in stopping Spelman. Now 20-1(19), Yarde busted Spelman up and dropped him in the sixth. Spelman got up but was soon stopped by the ref. Spelman, who was angry at the stoppage, falls to 16-5(8). full story