ANTHONY YARDE has warned that there will be no more Mr Nice Guy as he closes his eyes for revenge on KO in his rematch with Lyndon Arthur.
The British light-heavyweight champion was left in defeat a year ago after he traded blows with rival Arthur for 12 laps behind closed doors.
And aside from a dramatic late strike in the final three minutes, which left Yarde with a punch or two to win, his signature pressure and power were no longer evident.
But this time, in a Second chance to rematch Bronze Box on Saturday, Beast from The East promises to leave the boxing beauties behind after the first bell rings.
Yarde, 30, told SunSport: “When he and I talked, we respected each other about our boxing IQ and what we were doing.
“But that’s not fan-friendly, it’s boring. It’s really a tagging match, just like fencing. That’s what it will be this fight.
“Those who know how I understand it, know how I fight, I will just be myself in this fight.”
Arthur, 29, retains his Commonwealth title and undefeated record 12 months ago inside the empty Church of England headquarters with just his stab.
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And Yarde, with 20 knockouts in his 23 wins, fell to the judges’ eyes in his attempt to knock Arthur out as he mirrored the box and made tactical moves.
But he swore that up to this point there would be no debate, following their controversial split decision, and back to what he does best.
“He and his coach Pat Barrat, they knew what was coming,” Yarde said.
“They know what’s going to happen and if they think it’s going to be reckless, the more it fools them.
“They know me, they respect me enough to know I’m a very good fighter and have respect both ways.
“But I’m going to go out there and get the job done.”
Arthur has been expecting a challenge for a version of the 175lb world title up until now, having placed 1st in the WBO.
But a rematch clause left him need to give Yarde another defeat, this will be the third Londoner ever.
The first came in August 2019, when Sergey Kovalev, 39 years old, beat Yarde in round 11 at the Russian house in Chelyabinsk.
That means Yarde will look back and research what happened, but see no problem recounting the loss to Arthur.
And with their rivalry still far from over, the former world champion aims to put an unequivocal end on his path to stardom.
“It’s one of them fighting,” he said, “it can go both ways and opinions are mixed.
“Not only that, I knew I wasn’t myself that night, even when I watched it again.
“So I know what I’m capable of, and I just take it as boxing, it’s going to happen. That’s not where the career ends.
“So far, I’ve accomplished a lot and my career is about to rise to the sky.”
https://www.the-sun.com/sport/4181017/anthony-yarde-revenge-lyndon-arthur-rematch/ Anthony Yarde warns of no longer Mr Nice Guy as he eyes KO in Lyndon Arthur rematch and says ‘they know what’s coming’