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Carl Greaves and Dec Spelman make BT Sports return with Anthony Yarde fight on September 12




One of Carl Greaves’ top fighters will test himself against a former world title challenger in Anthony Yarde in just under a fortnight’s time.

Dec Spelman, 28, who is under the guidance of experienced Newark boxing trainer Greaves, has another chance to showcase his skills in front of the BT Sports cameras following his Commonwealth light heavyweight loss to Lyndon Arthur at the end of July.

CARL GREAVES and Dec Spelman (41786974)
CARL GREAVES and Dec Spelman (41786974)

The televised fight, on Saturday, September 12, will take place behind-closed-doors, again at the BT Sports Studios at Stratford.

Greaves said Spelman, who took the fight at short notice, is looking to put the 12-round points loss behind him, and make a statement against Yarde.

“This is going to be a much better fight than what people think,” said Greaves.

“There is no pressure on Dec, it’s all on him (Yarde).

“It will be his second top of the bill fight in a row on BT and his weight is a lot better than it was.

“Obviously, we will give it everything.”

Greaves said the match-up would make for a better fight style-wise than his bout with Arthur, assuming Yarde will look to engage and hold his feet.

Anthony Yarde (19-1) said: “The people want explosive action and knockouts so I will not be hiding behind my jab and sending everyone to sleep.

“This will be all about me reminding people that I am the force of the division and I am heading right back to the top where I intend to dominate and reign for a long time to come.

“I respect Dec Spelman as a fighter but this is the chance for me to show everyone what they can expect when I get to share a ring with Lyndon Arthur.”

Dec Spelman (16-4) said: “If Yarde comes to fight then so much the better for me.

“Lyndon made our fight a technical affair that I was disappointed I couldn’t really get to grips with, so if Yarde wants some action then bring it on.

“I will actually be his first test at domestic level so we will see how he looks on the night.”

Promoter Frank Warren said: “Boxing is a game of egos and Anthony is keen to show the world that he can go one better than Lyndon and blast Spelman out early.

“Spelman is not an easy fight for anyone, but if Anthony comes through we’ll be on course for Yarde vs Arthur later this year hopefully.”



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