Sergey Kovalev vs Anthony Yarde live : 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?
Experience told in the end for Sergey Kovalev but not after surviving an almighty storm in the eighth round before rallying to knock out Anthony Yarde in a gruelling defence of his WBO world light heavyweight title.
Having been seconds away from being upset in his Chelyabinsk homecoming, Kovalev summoned the last existing resilience left to rally in the ninth before sending his younger opponent to the canvas in the 11th with a sickening left hook to clinch victory.
“I’m one of those people, I’m not ashamed or embarrassed. I’m very upset, I wasn’t victorious,” Yarde insisted afterward. “I did myself justice.
“Coming out here, 99 per cent of people wouldn’t have done what I did. I’m very ambitious, I’ll be back.”
Sergey Kovalev vs Anthony Yarde live
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.
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.
Admittedly, few could have predicted middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez’s sudden want to move up two divisions and target Kovalev (33-3-1, 28 KOs) as a possibility, even with the Mexican superstar’s blatant disinterest in the trilogy fight with Gennady Golovkin that everyone — from fans, promoters and DAZN executives — so lustfully coveted.
A last-minute negotiation left Kovalev at an interesting crossroads. Despite having already signed a deal to defend his title on Saturday in his native Chelyabinsk, Russia, against unbeaten Anthony Yarde, Kovalev received a last-minute offer in upwards of eight figures from Alvarez’s team at Golden Boy Promotions for an Oct. 26 bout in Las Vegas that would require Kovalev to pay Yarde a large fee to step aside.