Anthony Yarde Vs. Dec Spelman Highlights September Queensberry Promotions Card
A former light-heavyweight contender will be returning to action against his fellow countryman.
Frank Warren and Queensberry Promotions announced that Anthony Yarde will face off against Dec Spelman. The fight card will take place on September 12 from inside the BT Sport Studio in London. As of now, it is unknown if ESPN+ will carry the fight in the United States.
“This is a card with the potential to deliver for the fans watching on BT Sport in a big way,” Warren stated, via Boxing Scene. “I am delighted to be bringing Anthony back because he needs a competitive fight before his big domestic showdown against Lyndon Arthur and he will be determined to do a better job on Dec Spelman than his rival. He has put the onus on himself to find an explosive performance after complaining about Lyndon’s fight with Dec being boring!
Yarde (19-1) is coming off of a TKO win against Diego Jair Ramirez back in February. It was a rebound win following the lone loss of his career to Sergey Kovalev last August. That was for the WBO Light-Heavyweight Title, a fight in which Kovalev won via knockout. Yarde, a WBO Inter-Continental Light-Heavyweight Champion, has won 18 of his 19 victories via some form of knockout.
“This will be all about me reminding people that I am the force of the division and I am heading right back to the top where I intend to dominate and reign for a long time to come,” Yarde stated.
Spelman (16-4) is currently on a two-fight losing streak. His last fight was a unanimous decision loss to Lyndon Arthur at the end of July. The fight was for the Commonwealth Light-Heavyweight Title. The former BBBofC English Light-Heavyweight Champion won the title from Kirk Garvey in the middle of 2019 but lost it right away to Shakan Pitters.
The co-feature will see Mark Heffron taking on Denzel Bentley. Heffron (25-1) is currently on a four-fight win streak. Making his pro debut in 2010, the 28-year-old had his undefeated streak snapped by Liam Williams in 2018. That was for the BBBofC British Middleweight Title. His last fight was a TKO win against Ondrej Budera, his 19th win via KO.
Bentley (13-0) made his debut in 2017. After fighting four times in 2019, Bentley fought in July of this year. He beat Mick Hall via retirement. The 25-year-old has eleven wins via knockout.
Other fights on the card include:
- Nathan Gorman (16-1) v. Richard Lartey (14-2)
- Ekow Essuman (13-0) v. Cedrick Peynaud (8-7-3)