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Anthony Yarde and Joshua Buatsi set up Britain’s next great boxing battle

Anthony Yarde and Joshua Buatsi will meet in the type of fight that has vanished during the last decades in Britain.

Too often in recent years, fights like this have not been made as both men have had too many reasons for not fighting each other. This time it looks like the fight has been agreed and it could be officially announced soon.

It is fair to say that Yarde is a British boxing attraction because of his defeats and Buatsi is best known for his promise. That might be a harsh assessment and the truth is that they are both better than that.

They will meet in a British ring in the summer, possibly outdoors, in the type of fight that dreamers in the boxing game have been placing at the top of their wish list at the start of every recent year. Buatsi vs Yarde has been on mine in 2022, 2023 and 2024; now it will happen.

Yarde went to the edge of Siberia in 2019 to fight Sergey Kovalev for the WBO light-heavyweight title; he lost in the 11th round but had Kovalev out on his feet a couple of times.

Last January, Yarde once again had a war and lost a world-title fight when he went eight savage rounds against Artur Beterbiev for the IBF, WBC and WBO titles. Beterbiev moved to 19 wins, no defeats and 19 knockouts. Yarde has gone the hard, hard way.

Two Saturdays ago, Buatsi won the British light-heavyweight title in a thrilling fight with Dan Azeez at the old Wembley Arena. The pair, who live a couple of miles apart in south London, sold every ticket at the venue without any pushing, swearing or empty promises. They were friends but fought like enemies.

Buatsi (right) during his decision win over Dan Azeez

Buatsi, who won a bronze medal at the 2016 Olympics in Rio, moved to 18-0 in the best win of his career. There was talk of

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