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Anthony Yarde out for himself as he looks to do a job against Dec Spelman

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Anthony Yarde is out to do a job against Dec Spelman rather than look to impress Lyndon Arthur.

The British light-heavyweight takes on Spelman tonight at York Hall just six weeks after Arthur beat the same foe.

Yarde was due to meet Arthur in April before the world was shut down by the coronavirus pandemic.

But even in the strangest of times, it is still bizarre he will face the same opponent.

It has been billed as a chance for Yarde to go one better and stop Spelman after Arthur one on points to send a message ahead of their potential duel later this year. But for the heavy-handed Hackney fighter that is not on his mind.

“It’s about proving things to myself,” said Yarde.

“I fight for me, people I love and care about and my future. Lyndon Arthur is not my girlfriend, I don’t have to impress him.

“I’m capable of getting the knockout but I’m not going to look for it. If it presents itself, I will take it. I just fight for myself. For my own personal pride and to financially put myself in a good position.”

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Yarde returns to the ring for his first meaningful outing since he lost a WBO title shot against Russian puncher Sergey Kovalev just over 12 months ago.

But it is also the first time he will be in action since losing both his dad and grandmother to coronavirus.

“I separate boxing and my personal life,” said Yarde.

“When you start taking the stuff from your personal life into the ring, you fight with emotion. From what I’ve seen that never works out.”

The British scene for light-heavyweights is quite exciting at the minute with Joshua Buatsi rising up the ranks over on the Matchroom stable.

Rio Olympic bronze medallist Buatsi against Yarde, who is 19-1 as a pro, is an exciting match up and one both want to happen. But, for Yarde, it doesn’t mean it will be the defining fight of his career.

He added: “There are fights out there that both fighters can make big money from, both fighters can create legacy from.

“That’s what it is about. The main thing is to get enough money to be able to look after your family. As for defining, I wouldn’t say that.

“You don’t know what will happen in the future. I could fight Canelo Alvarez. Then that would be my biggest fight.”

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Yarde vs Spelman is on BT Sport 1 from 7.30pm tonight.

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