Artur Beterbiev has a new date for his WBC, WBO and IBF light heavyweight title defense.
Beterbiev will now face WBO mandatory challenger Anthony Yarde on January 28, according to promoter Frank Warren.
“[Yarde is] going to fight on the same card as Zach [Parker], and then he’ll have the fight for the three titles, and that’ll be on the 28th of January next year,” Warren told IFL TV.
The two were originally scheduled to meet in October, but Beterbiev suffered an undisclosed injury in August, delaying the bout. Beterbiev’s trainer Marc Ramsay then later announced that his fighter needed more time to heal from surgery on a minor right knee injury.
Beterbiev became the three-belt light heavyweight champion after he dominated Joe Smith Jr for just two rounds for his WBO title.
Yarde, on the other hand, last fought in December where he scored a fourth-round knockout in a rematch against Lyndon Arthur.
Yarde has suffered two defeats out of his 24-fight boxing career thus far.
The first was handed over by Sergey Kovalev in 2019 by TKO. The second came in the first match with Arthur in 2020 where he lost by split decision.
But before meeting Beterbiev, Yarde will be taking a “tune-up” fight against a to-be-named opponent on November 19.
“He’s not had a fight in 12 months now, so he needs to get some ring rust out of his system,” Warren added.
Beterbiev has yet to taste defeat in his 18 pro fights. None of his fights have gone to decision either – he has a 100% knockout rate.