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Anthony Yarde vs Dec Spelman Odds and Picks for Main Card

Dylan Bowker

by Dylan Bowker in Boxing

Updated Sep 11, 2020 · 6:15 AM PDT

Yarde vs Spelman
Who positions themselves as a light heavyweight title contender when Anthony Yarde and Dec Spelman lock horns?
  • Anthony Yarde vs Dec Spelman goes Saturday, September 12th at 3 PM ET
  • Who cements themselves as the top challenger for a commonwealth or British title shot?
  • Check out the fight odds, analysis, and prediction below

Anthony Yarde and Dec Spelman will engage in fisticuffs inside the BT Sport Studio in Stratford, London. Yarde vs Spelman will broadcast on BT Sport.

This fight has strong contendership implications for the commonwealth light heavyweight title and this is a high stakes slugfest for the pair of 175 pounders.

Anthony Yarde vs Dec Spelman Main Card Odds

Fighter Odds
 Dec Spelman +1578
Anthony Yarde -5028
Fighter Odds
Ekow Essuman -610
 Cedrick Peynaud +470
Fighter Odds
Denzel Bentley -110
Mark Heffron -110

Odds as of September 10th

Anthony Yarde’s Road to Lyndon Arthur

Yarde rebounded inauspiciously from his lone pro defeat to all-time divisional great Sergey Kovalev by besting a fighter who had a 4-48-3 record prior to their February contest.

Far more significant though is the rebounding effort for Yarde after both his father and grandmother passed away a few days apart from each other just a few months ago.

Yarde is certainly not unfamiliar with Spelman and has not always had the kindest things to say about Dec’s past performances.

Yarde has captured the WBO European and WBO intercontinental light heavyweight belts but is looking to vault himself to that next championship tier.

He has specifically mentioned an interest in commonwealth or British titles but Yarde is certainly not overlooking the challenge of Spelman this weekend.

Dec Spelman’s Crossroads Moment

In Spelman’s last outing, he tasted defeat to Lyndon Arthur via unanimous decision in July. The chances for Spelman to vault himself into that next competitive tier are getting to a point where they could start drying up.

Dec Spelman is now on a two-fight losing skid and is looking to return to the form that saw him capture the English light heavyweight championship.

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The perception of many in the boxing community is that this fight is being used to jettison Yarde towards a big fight against the aforementioned Lyndon Arthur.

Spelman will look to stay on his bicycle in this one and dictate the pace as well as the distance. If he loses focus for even a split second, it can be lights out via Yarde’s brick fists.

Yarde vs Spelman Tale of the Tape

19-1 Record 16-4
18 Knockouts 8
6’0 Height 5’11
72″ Reach N/A
Nikola Sjekloća and Dariusz Sęk Significant Wins Kirk Garvey and Joel McIntyre
Orthodox Stance Orthodox

This contest is scheduled for ten rounds but considering Yarde’s ridiculous knockout rate of 95 percent, I don’t see this one going to the judges. I perceive this despite Spelman being a durable pugilist who has never been stopped as a professional.

I think Anthony Yarde secures the stoppage victory inside of seven rounds and puts Spelman’s lights out for the first time.

Pick: Anthony Yarde (-5028)

Main Card Picks for Yarde vs Spelman

  1. Ekow Essuman vs Cedrick Peynaud: Essuman is unbeaten as a pro; sporting a 13-0 record overall. Conversely, his opponent Peynaud has eight pro victories and has gone winless in ten other contests. Essuman gives Peynaud a boxing lesson en route to a victory via points. Pick: Ekow Essuman (-610)
  2. Denzel Bentley vs Mark Heffron: This prizefight is for the vacant IBF European middleweight championship. The parity in this fight is reflected in the dead even odds and it’s the most competitive fight of the night on paper. That being said, I give Heffron a slight edge in terms of the quality of his resume. Both men have killer knockout rates and I see Heffron getting the victory inside of five rounds. Pick: Mark Heffron (-110)
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