Manchester’s undefeated Lyndon Arthur boxed himself to a 12 round split decision victory over former world title challenger Anthony Yarde at Church House, London. It was Arthur’s second defense of his commonwealth title and also won ranking points with the WBO’s Inter-Continental Light Heavyweight title.
Lyndon Arthur outboxed and outfoxed Yarde by using his jab for the majority of the fight and Yarde tired to press the action as the fight moved into the latter rounds but wasn’t able to impose his power shots on his rival. The judges’ scorecards were; 115-114 and 115-114 for Arthur and 117-111 for Yarde.
Arthur hardly threw his right hand during the fight but Yarde was met with constant jabs throughout the fight from his opponent. Before the fight, many believed that Yarde’s punching power would be too much for Arthur but the Londoner Yarde was not able to land any consistent clean power punches. Although there was one moment when one right hand did appear to stun Arthur.
Yarde felt the decision to award Arthur the points victory was a robbery and bemoaned the judges scoring of the fight, ‘I strongly feel that it was a robbery. I don’t like to scream robbery, but I feel like I won the fight’
‘He knows why he didn’t throw his right hand more, it’s boxing. A couple of times he did throw the right hand and he got countered. Obviously, the judges can’t see that’ said Yarde. ‘I’m not taking it as a defeat, there’s learning to be done. I personally think that I didn’t lose the fight’
Lyndon Arthur thoughts on his winning performance; ‘Nothing really got through apart from the jabs. The fight was close. If the points had gone to his side, I wouldn’t have said, ‘it’s a robbery’. I did catch him with a right hand, he caught me a few times as he said but I felt like I landed the right hand as well. It’s just business. We can have a rematch. Of course, why wouldn’t I?