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Artur Beterbiev looks to show why he is the King of the World of Boxing

Thus far Arthur Beterbiev has been impressive in the world of boxing. Beterbiev who has won the WBC/IBF/WBO light heavyweight championship is the only world champ with a 100 percent knockout rate. Beterbiev looks to keep his streak going as he will take on England’s hard punching Anthony Yarde (23-2, 22 KOs) on Saturday evening at the OVO Arena Wembley.

Beterbiev-Yarde and undercard bouts will stream live and exclusively in the U.S. on ESPN+ at 3:30 p.m. ET/12:30 p.m. PT.

Beterbiev will have a chance to return to London, as the last time he had a chance to fight in front of their fans was in the 2012 Olympics. In his last showing Arthur lost in a close bout to Oleksander Usyk in the quarterfinals of the heavyweight bracket that concluded his amateur career. Arthur has been able to reside in Montreal for more than a decade, while fighting his first eight pro bouts in Canada. Thus far he has been able to capture the IBF Championship in 2017, earning the WBC crown in 2019 and adding the WBO belt in June.

This is what the main event combatants had to say following Wednesday’s media workout.

Artur Beterbiev

“I had a good camp. I had good sparring. I will try to do my best.”

“My team and I always try to be ready for anything, any strategy.”

“I can’t compare {Yarde} to Joe Smith. It’s a different fight. Joe Smith had a belt at that time. It’s not comparable.”

On a potential Dmitry Bivol fight

“Right now, it’s Saturday night. I only think about Saturday night.”

Anthony Yarde

“If you look at what he’s accomplished so far, it’s amazing, and that’s what amps me up. So, again, I beat him, I deserve some respect.”

“I don’t look at what any other fighter has done {to him}. I don’t look at what he’s done to other fighters. Realistically, all you look at is style, but even that, you can’t take too much from. You only know once you step in there with a person, and you both shape up and you both start trading leather.”

“He’s never been in a situation where he’s lost. But for me, it’s all about me. That’s the way I am. That’s the way I operate. It’s about me and my legacy. He’s just the person with the belts.”

On the home crowd advantage

“I just feel like this one feels right. This one feels better. {The Sergey Kovalev fight} didn’t. All that matters is when we get in that ring. Everything that’s said before is all he said, she said possibilities and things like that. When we get in the ring, that’s when we’ll see.”

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