Kovalev vs Yarde : Thank you for joining me this afternoon for a special live blog from the Traktor Sport Palace in Chelyabinsk, Russia for the Sergey Kovalev vs. Anthony Yarde fight. As always I’ll do my best to be your eyes and ears for this WBO light heavyweight championship bout.
The Undercard is already underway live on the ESPN+ broadcast. While I won’t be providing my unofficial scorecard for the undercard bouts, I will provide updates and round by round scoring for the main event.
Follow me on Twitter @peterkahn. I’ll be here all night happy to read your comments and answer any questions. I’d love to know who you’re picking to win. Kovalev or Yarde?
Undefeated British fighter Anthony Yarde gets his first chance to land a world title tonight with a showdown tonight against Sergey Kovalev in the WBO light-heavyweight champ’s hometown of Chelyabinsk, Russia. You can live stream Yarde vs Kovalev as it happens – it’s even FREE to do so in some areas.
Now 28-years-old, Londoner Yarde has notched up 18 straight wins – all but one via knockout – and a growing reputation in the UK, but tonight marks his first major test on the international stage.
Kovalev, 36, is a three-time world champion at light-heavyweight and has fought for a world title in each of his last 15 bouts.
Along with the intimidating atmosphere of an eastern Russia home crowd cheering on their hero, Yarde must also contend with a well-focused opponent who has plenty riding on tonight’s fight – a big money match up with Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez looks the the likely reward for Kovalev should he see off Yarde.
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Russian boxer Sergey Kovalev has thrashed British contender Anthony Yarde to retain his WBO light heavyweight world title in his hometown of Chelyabinsk, Russia, by a knockout in the 11th round.
The referee dispensed with the count in the eleventh after a battered and bruised Yarde was sent crashing to the canvas by Kovalev, who completes a successful first defense in his third reign as world champion at ‘Traktor’ Ice Arena.
It was a classic case of experience against youth in Chelyabinsk, the city close to Russia’s Ural mountains which Kovalev calls home, and on the night Kovalev’s familiarity with the championship rounds and concussive knockout power decided the outcome.
Before the fight, many had not unfairly questioned Yarde’s credibility as a world-level fighter, having earned his shot at the champion via gaining the regional WBO inter-continental belt, bypassing the more traditional route of British and European titles.