Britain’s Anthony Yarde is aiming to upset the odds when he takes on WBC, WBO and IBF lightweight champion Artur Beterbiev on Saturday in London.
Yarde, 31, is a big underdog and is fighting in his second world title fight, four years after being arrested by Sergei Kovalev in Russia.
Another Russian-born fighter stands in his way in Beterbiev, 38, who is the only boxing world champion with a 100% knockout rate.
We asked some big names in the sport for their thoughts on the big fight.
World welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr: “I’m moving with Yarde. Father Time is undefeated, I don’t care. It’s only a matter of time [before Beterbiev] looks his age in the ring.”
Hannah Rankin, former world super-welterweight champion: “I’m going to go to Beterbiev on points. There will be upsets, I think there could be an upset on both sides.
“At first I looked a lot like Beterbiev [by] knock out [in] rounds later, but Yarde has such a strong chin, I don’t think he’ll run out of fitness levels for this one. It might go the distance, but Yarde is overworked.”
Yarde promoter Frank Warren: “The odds are there to be challenged and I feel Anthony will do that. I really feel he has the ability to do that.”
Beterbiev’s coach, John Scully: “I’ve never been a guy to predict. But I don’t expect to lose. I watch everything and Yarde broke down against Sergey Kovalev and the pace of that fight wasn’t that intense. I think “He’ll find out very quickly that the intensity level will be a million times higher. If he can deal with that, more power to him.”
Lightweight Sam Noakes: “I think Yarde is definitely in. I think the later it goes, the more Beterbiev takes over. I want Yarde to win, but he has a big test ahead of him.”
Featherweight Raven Chapman: “I went with Yarde who got the upset in five to six rounds.”
Beterbiev promoter Bob Arum: “I have biases so I think Artur wins and wins by knockout. He could win by late knockout or early knockout depending on [how] Yarde is fighting.”
Boxing analyst Barry Jones: “As with Sergey Kovalev in Russia, it’s another monumental task, even more so, and you have to admire Yarde for that.”
Lightweight Callum Johnson: “I don’t see anything but a victory for Beterbiev.”
Yarde’s coach, Tunde Ajayi: “Anthony could go over there and have a boxing masterclass. I’m so excited. Saturday night can’t come fast enough.”