Trust reigns in the Beterbiev clan
Artur Beterbiev intends to defend his three belts he has in his pocket during the fight against the British Anthony Yarde, Saturday, at Wembley Arena in London.
Even though the IBF, WBC and IBO champion is confident ahead of his fight, he admits he will face a tough opponent.
“I feel good, I am ready to fight as well as the different scenarios that could occur. We know he is a fast and strong opponent. I prepared myself. If it's a tough fight, we'll be ready,” Beterbiev said at a press conference on Thursday, the day before the official weigh-in.
His trainer Marc Ramsay is also satisfied with the progress and the work of his protege during the training camp ahead of this duel.
“Yarde is a good and complete fighter. He's fast and powerful, but we're ready for anything he can do in the ring. We had a very good training camp, a productive camp where we were able to achieve several goals that we had set for ourselves. We have no excuses and we are ready to perform in front of the English supporters,” he said.
Asked what his boxer will have to pay attention to against the 31-year-old Briton, Ramsay preferred not to answer.
“I don't want to dwell on the subject, I don't want to show the direction we want to take on Saturday evening, but we have great respect for him. We worked hard in the gym to be ready.”
Anthony Yarde wants to silence his detractors
The 38-year-old Montrealer by adoption will be to a first fight in a ring in England. Consequently, his opponent will be entitled to the encouragement of the crowd. However, Yarde is the underdog in the eyes of bookmakers, except that he admitted to feeling very good in this position.
“Being favorite, underdog or neither , I don't care. I want to be a dog. […] When I get in the ring and start moving my hands, everyone knows what I can do. The evaluation of bookmakers motivates me,” he said at the start.
Yarde claims to be a boxer who has evolved since his last fight for a world title. In 2019, he traveled to Russia to face Sergei Kovalev, losing in the 11th round.
“I have since learned. I'm a different kind of fighter and I'm ready for Saturday.”