PROMOTER Bob Arum has revealed Artur Beterbiev will face Anthony Yarde – assuming the Russian beats Joe Smith Jr.
Beterbiev takes on Smith in a reunion bout tonight in New York and Britain’s Yarde is expected to be ringside watching.
If Beterbiev, 37, wins, Yarde, 30, is waiting for a fight that will take place in October.
London will be the venue for the fight, which will see the WBC, IBF and WBO light heavyweight world titles at stake.
promoter Frank Warren says he held talks with Arum, who represents both Beterbiev and Smith.
Warren told BBC Sport: “It’s more or less agreed, we want to fight the winner in London in October.
“Bob and I agreed that we would fight, but they are ordered [to fight Yarde] anyway. It’s going to be a great fight whoever wins.”
Beterviev is undefeated in his 17 fights.
Smith has now lost three fights in his career, with his most recent loss coming in 2019 when he lost to Dmitriy Bivol.
Bivol himself is also interested in fighting the winner of Beterbiev-Smith.
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As for Yarde, he has a record of 22 wins and two losses, with his biggest win coming against compatriot Lyndon Arthur.
Yarde got his revenge on Arthur a year after losing to him by knockout last December.
The potential fight against Beterbiev would be the second world title fight of Yarde’s career after he missed his first world title shot against Sergey Kovalev three years ago.
https://www.the-sun.com/sport/5591369/anthony-yarde-fight-artur-beterbiev-joe-smith-jr/ Anthony Yarde fights Artur Beterbiev in a light heavyweight reunion blockbuster with Russian beats against Joe Smith Jr