Light heavyweight rivals Lyndon Arthur and Anthony Yarde return to the Royal Albert Hall on Saturday, July 10, before a contracted rematch later this year.
Arthur narrowly passed Yarde in December and they’ll see each other up close in Queensberry’s summer special live on BT Sport.
In the main event Arthur (18-0, 12 KOs) defends his WBO Inter-Continental title against the Italian champion Davide Faraci (15-0, 7 KOs).
The Mancunian became the number one contender for the WBO world title of Joe Smith Jr after his split decision win over Yarde and cannot afford mistakes against the Swiss-born Faraci.
In addition to his high WBO ranking, Arthur is ranked fourth by the IBF and ninth by the WBC. Artur Beterbiev holds the IBF and WBC belts.
KO King Yarde (20-2, 19 KOs) wants to be back with a bang when he meets the undefeated German Emin Atra (17-0, 12 KOs) in a non-title ten-rounder.
Yarde was due to meet with Atra in April but was on hold due to a dental problem that forced the delay.
Yarde showed that he belonged at world level when he was close to the fall of then WBO world champion Sergey Kovalev in August 2019 before losing in the 11th round.
Ilford’s big hitter returned with wins against Diego Jair Ramirez and Dec Spelman before facing Arthur, whom he is bound to meet in a rematch.
Despite the setback against his bitter British rival, Yarde has remained in the world rankings and is highly rated by the IBF, WBC and WBO.
Promoter Frank Warren said, “Of course the rematch is what everyone wants and it will happen at some point.
“It’s fantastic to have them on the same bill. Both have something to prove and BT Sport viewers can look forward to both of them being impressive.
“Lyndon has risen to number one in the WBO and will want to show Champion Joe Smith Jr. how dangerous he is.
“Anthony will still feel distressed that the decision was down Lyndon’s path and he vowed never to trust judges again, so he will certainly take it on Atra.”
Also on the bill, the WBO place 1 in the super middleweight division Zach Parker (20-0, 14 KO) returns with his opponent, who has yet to be confirmed. Zach tries to defend his position before hopefully being signed to the world title of P4P King Canelo Alvarez.
WBO in fourth place in the super featherweight division, Archie Sharp (19-0, 9 KOs) meets Nicaragua’s Marcio Soza (21-6-2, 12 KOs) with the vacant WBO Global Championship on the line.
They were supposed to meet on the weekend but a COVID-19 problem with Soza meant a brief postponement.
Warren added, “Archie is another Queensberry fighter who ranks high in the world and provided he wins and is patient, his chance will come.”
“Zach Parker was hugely impressive in his last fight when he defeated Vaughan Alexander – who wasn’t finished before – in just 2 rounds.
“I believe he has the power to take out everyone in his league and I look forward to another exciting performance from him.”
More major battles will be added to the bill in the coming days.
Tickets will go on sale tomorrow at the Royal Albert Hall and on general sale on Thursday.
Ticket prices as follows:
Grand Tier & Loggia Boxes – £ 100
2. Animal boxes – £ 75
Front stands – £ 75
Rear stables – £ 50
Awakening Circle – £ 50