Kovalev vs Yarde Fight : Sergey Kovalev has retained his WBO light heavyweight title after stopping Anthony Yarde in Russia.
The 36-year-old ended a thrilling contest in the 11th round, knocking down the challenger for the first time in his career in Chelyabinsk.
Yarde was considered a rank outsider for Saturday’s title bout – fighting almost 3000 miles away from home against a man who was in the argument for being one of the best pound-for-pound fighters on the planet three years ago.
Anthony Yarde produced a brave fight against Sergey Kovalev before being knocked out in the 11th round of their WBO light-heavyweight title fight in Chelyabinsk.
The previously unbeaten Yarde had come into the contest as a big underdog against the veteran Russian, who had scored 28 stoppage wins in his 37 fights.
However, the 28-year-old Londoner showed great heart to recover from a slow start and rock Kovalev with a series of strong shots during the eight round.
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Kovalev, 36, then used all of his experience to produce a response over the latter stages of the contest, flooring the Briton with a big left hand.
Yarde headed to Russia on the back of only some 18 professional fights, and while 17 had been won by knockout, the Russian’s step up in class proved just too much.
Kovalev was well ahead on the cards by the end of the fourth round, but Yarde dug deep to go on the offensive during the eighth, when he looked close to putting the Russian on the canvas and silencing the partisan home crowd.