Sergey Kovalev vs Anthony Yarde : WBO light heavyweight world champion Sergey Kovalev will attempt to defend his title against hard hitting Anthony Yarde on Saturday, August 24, at the Traktor Sport Palace in Chelyabinsk, Russia, Kovalev’s hometown. The fight will air live on ESPN+ at 12:30 p.m. ET.
If it feels like this fight has flown under the radar, well, that’s because it has. Fans would think that a Kovalev fight against and opponent who has 17 knockouts in 18 victories would be top news right now, but somehow, it seems to have quietly crept up on us.
Boxing fans are going to want to tune into this fight because it could prove to be an exciting fight, regardless of who wins. According to the boxing odds at MyBookie, the 36-year-old hometown hero Kovalev is a -180 favorite while Yarde, 28, is a +150 underdog. As it relates to boxing, this is as close to a pick’em fight as you can get. Kovalev’s -180 favorite status can most likely be attributed to the hometown advantage.
With that being said, this is a crossroads fight for both fighters with everything hanging in the balance. A win for Kovalev could cement a Canelo Alvarez fight in May, while a win for Yarde could do the same or put him in position to fight the other light heavyweight champions.
“Everyone has their own methods, when Muhammad Ali was coming through I am sure people said he leaned back too far, had his chin too high and dropped his hands too low.
“I am not comparing myself Ali, just showing that people have different methods that work for them.”
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“But that’s me, and we’re going to see what Anthony Yarde is made of. I think he’ll do it and I think if he can’t beat Kovalev then he should forget about it because where is he going?
“I’m not saying Kovalev is useless but a good younger man should beat a good older one. I believe he’ll do it and that he’ll be a good little champion.”