British ‘Beast’ Yarde defends straps against Averlant in London
British light-heavyweight talent Anthony Yarde (14-0, 13 KOs) will defend his WBO European and Intercontinental titles this weekend against Tony Averlant (26-9, 5 KOs) in London.
At the prestigious York Hall, ‘the Beast’ will look to continue his unbeaten run in the professional ranks and put on another solid showing on home territory.
The 26-year-old moved to a perfect 14-0 last December when he became the first fighter to stop former world title challenger Nikola Sjekloca.
That explosive performance to halt the veteran Serbian inside four rounds saw him retain his current straps and set up a potentially breakthrough 2018.
Yarde’s next task is to overcome Averlant, a 33-year-old Frenchman who is making the first outing of his career in the UK.
The Hackney home hope will take to the ring as the odds-on 1/50 favourite with Ladbrokes to prevail and add another notch on his record, ahead of what he hopes will be his breakout year in the sport.
Meanwhile, little known French challenger Averlant is regarded as a huge 20/1 outsider with Paddy Power to cause a massive upset in the capital this Saturday night.
Hard-hitting heavyweight prospect Dubois seeks another stoppage success
On a night when three top British prospects take centre stage, heavyweight sensation Daniel Dubois (6-0, 6 KOs) will be hoping to secure yet another destructive finish in front of the London crowd.
The 20-year-old will face off against DL Jones (8-0-1) in only his seventh professional bout, having wrapped up his opening six ring outings with knockout successes.
Greenwich native Dubois is yet to go beyond the second round in any of his fights so far and the hard-hitting prospect is a massive odds-on 1/100 front runner with Coral for another triumph here.
Although, fellow undefeated heavyweight Jones may be able to put up more of a showing against the promising Londoner at York Hall, but he is a huge 25/1 underdog with Betfair.
Barrett contests Clark for vacant IBF European title
Rising super-featherweight star Zelfa Barrett (19-0, 12 KOs) is also in action in his London debut, as he takes on latest challenger Ronnie Clark (20-4-2, 10 KOs).
The 24-year-old sensation is widely tipped as one of the nation’s most promising youngsters on the rise, in any division, and he will look to prove that to the capital crowd.
Against a durable Dundee-born opponent, the Manchester prospect is aiming to continue his impressive apprenticeship and is odds-on 1/25 with Paddy Power to do exactly that with another victory.
His Scottish challenger is a big 9/1 outsider with William Hill to spring what would be a mammoth shock at York Hall, on a fight night which three promising Britons aim to maintain their steady career climbs.