Boxing fans are in for a show as knockout artists collide for the three light heavyweight belts on Saturday. Undefeated champion Artur Beterbiev puts it all on the line against British bomber Anthony Yarde. The boxing betting lines heavily favor Beterbiev with the totals set at the 5½-round mark. One thing is a given here: someone will get knocked out.
Let’s check the latest Boxing news, stats, and Boxing lines for Beterbiev vs Yarde. We’ve plenty of Boxing picks for you to consider.
Beterbiev: Offense Is the Best Defense
Beterbiev is a boxing fan’s dream champion: he stays active and knocks his opponents out. Eighteen men have faced him and every single one had to be saved by the referee. But at 38 years of age, many question how long he can keep up his style of boxing.
While Beterbiev has sported a granite chin, it’s only a matter of time when someone finally cracks the Russian-Canadian’s defense. That is a tall task still as that boxer will have to wade through some of Beterbiev’s punches. And so far, all Beterbiev needs is one clean punch to take his opponents off their feet.
As such, the online gambling lines keep offering him as a sizable favorite even against formidable opponents. Backers can still look to the fact that Beterbiev has not taken too much damage relative to what he’s given. But against Yarde, he can’t afford to look past his prime.
Can Yarde Outslug Beterbiev?
On paper, Yarde has the credentials to go toe-to-toe with Beterbiev. The Briton has finished all but one of his victories. And with his two losses, he avenged one by knocking out Lyndon Arthur. Like Beterbiev, Yarde is an expert at starching his opponents. But unlike Beterbiev, he has been on the wrong end.
That can be a blessing in disguise as Yarde knows what it takes to pick himself back up. Beterbiev has faced adversity in the past. But Yarde could go into the fight with more experience in having to rally to win. That’s something his backers would like to think when betting online.
Against Beterbiev, Yarde will be outgunned. But he will be the younger, faster, and maybe even the “fresher” of the two. If Beterbiev is on the decline as some suspect, Yarde may be the boxer to expose that.
Beterbiev vs Yarde Head-to-Head
Beterbiev and Yarde are about the same size. Age is where their discrepancies are. Yarde is 31 versus Beterbiev who just turned 38. Both box in the orthodox stance.
Beterbiev vs Yarde Fight Information
- Fighters: Beterbiev (18-0-0, 18 KOs) vs Yarde 23-2-0, 22 KOs)
- Location: Wembley Arena, London, UK
- Day/Time: Saturday, Jan. 28, 5:00 p.m. ET
- Beterbiev vs Yarde Live Stream: Box Live
Beterbiev vs Yarde Betting Lines
Beterbiev vs Yarde Picks and Prediction
Beterbiev has proven that regardless of how good his opponent is, he has no issues knocking them out quickly. He starched Joe Smith Jr. in two rounds and Callum Johnson in four. Yarde may go into this fight looking to take it to Beterbiev. While he will find some success given his fast-hand speed, he will make a mistake. That is all Beterbiev needs to close the show. At +125, bet on this one to get finished by the fifth round.
Artur Beterbiev is listed at -900 in our Vegas boxing lines. This means that if you wager $100 on Beterbiev, you have a chance to win $11. Anthony Yarde is +550, offering a chance to win $550 on a $100 wager.
The implied probability attached to the betting lines gives Beterbiev a 90.00% chance to win, with Yarde at 15.38%.