Assuming Anthony Yarde defeats Stefani Koykov on Saturday night in Telford, England, he’ll secure his second light heavyweight title shot. has confirmed that the promotional plan is to waste no time whatsoever by announcing Yarde’s fight against unbeaten IBF/WBC/WBO light heavyweight champion Artur Beterbiev in the immediate aftermath of the British contender’s victory over Koykov. The Russian-born, Quebec-based Beterbiev (18-0, 18 KOs) and England’s Yarde (22-2, 21 KOs) are tentatively scheduled to fight January 28 at OVO Arena Wembley in London.

Oddsmakers have consistently listed the hard-hitting Yarde as at least a 50-1 favorite to beat Germany’s Koykov (14-1, 8 KOs) in large part because Koykov will take a gargantuan step up in competition when he encounters Yarde. The 30-year-old Koykov’s past three opponents had a combined record of 45-75-1 before Koykov defeated them and only three of his 14 wins have come against opponents with winning records (a combined 8-2).

ESPN+ will stream the card that’ll include Yarde-Koykov in the United States. BT Sport will air it in the United Kingdom and Ireland.

ESPN+ also will stream Beterbiev-Yarde in the United States if Yarde conquers Koykov and emerges from their scheduled 10-rounder unscathed. It is unclear if Beterbiev-Yarde would be a BT Sport Box Office pay-per-view event in the UK and Ireland or if BT Sport would televise it live on one of its networks.

Yarde, 31, is the mandatory challenger for the WBO belt Beterbiev won when he stopped Joe Smith Jr. in the second round of their 175-pound title unification fight June 18 at Madison Square Garden’s Hulu Theater in New York. Beterbiev dropped Smith three times, once in the first round and twice in the second round, before their scheduled 12-rounder was stopped at 2:19 of the second round.

Beterbiev, who will turn 38 on January 21, was supposed to face Yarde on October 29. Their title fight was postponed for three months because Beterbiev underwent minor surgery on his right knee soon after he beat Smith and needed more time to recover.

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.