Anthony Yarde insists he knows exactly how to beat Dmitry Bivol after Canelo Alvarez win

  • Tom Ward

Anthony Yarde has said he knows EXACTLY how to beat Dmitry Bivol after watching his fight with Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez.

WBA light heavyweight champion Bivol successfully defended his 175-pound world title with a unanimous decision victory over Canelo Alvarez at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas last weekend.

The Russian moved to 20-0 on Saturday as all three judges scored it 115-113 in his favour.

But despite dominating the majority of the fight, Yarde insists he knows the blueprint on how to defeat Bivol.

When asked how he would go about beating Bivol, he told Queensberry Promotions’ YouTube channel: “I personally think I would know how to beat Bivol.

 “It would be a task because he’s fundamentally very good. I don’t lie to anybody, I’m not going to say, ‘Ah, it’s an easy fight for me,’ or anything like that. He’s fundamentally very good.

“You saw it in the Canelo fight with his footwork, knowing when to step back, knowing when to come forward, and all those kinds of things.

“I think how you beat someone like Bivol is you’ve got to match him. That’s it literally for me. You’ve got to match him and at times outsmart him.

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“Craig Richards is someone I know, did extremely well against Bivol, and that was his first world title fight. What happened to Craig Richards is what happened to me.

“It was the luck of the draw. You get the most dangerous person at the time. When I fought [Sergey] Kovalev, he was the most dangerous light heavyweight in the world, and he got Bivol.

“I think the two most dangerous light heavyweights right now in my opinion that are world champions are Bivol and Beterbiev, the two Russians again.

“But you saw how good Craig done [sic] against him, so I fancy my chances.”

Bivol, 31, shocked the world by beating Canelo, also 31, over 12 rounds in Las Vegas.

But Yarde says he wasn’t exactly surprised by the result as he originally thought it was a pick ’em anyway.

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He added: “No one had Bivol winning that fight.

“I was one of the few who said it was a 50-50 fight.

“Just for the sheer fact that Canelo is biting off a lot coming up to light heavyweight and fighting a fighter that’s game, has good fundamentals, and throws a lot of punches.

“Canelo’s thing has always been that he throws a lot of single shots and he bullies a lot of people, but going up to light heavyweight, it’s going to be hard to bully a person like Bivol.

“He [Canelo] fought Kovalev under four weeks after Kovalev fought me. Kovalev was still complaining about headaches. I know that kind of thing after he fought me.

“So after that turnaround, fighting someone like Canelo, you could see why he got caught. He was winning the fight before he got knocked out. That showed me something.”

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