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Sergey Kovalev vs. Anthony Yarde - ESPN+ Information

WBO light heavyweight champion and future Hall of Famer Sergey Kovalev will face off against his hard-hitting mandatory challenger, Anthony Yarde, in a highly anticipated showdown Saturday, Aug. 24 from Traktor Arena in Kovalev’s hometown of Chelyabinsk, Russia.
 
Kovalev-Yarde will stream live and exclusively in the United States on ESPN+, beginning at 12:30 p.m. ET/9:30 a.m. PT. The stream will also showcase the co-feature bout between unbeaten cruiserweight contender Aleksei Papin (11-0, 10 KOs) and former world title challenger Ilunga Makabu (25-2, 24 KOs). 
 
"I am thrilled to fight for the first time in my hometown of Chelyabinsk,” Kovalev said. “It is a dream to defend my WBO title in front of all my friends and family back home. I am also thankful ESPN+ will show the fight to my fans in the U.S. Thank you to Igor Altushkin, Egis Klimas, Main Events and Top Rank for making this dream a reality, and thank you to Anthony Yarde for agreeing to fight in my home."

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“Sergey has done just about everything a professional fighter can do, other than fight in his own hometown,” said promoter Kathy Duva, CEO of Main Events. “One of the sport’s greatest road warriors, Sergey will finally get the chance to salute his legion of fans in Chelyabinsk, where he grew up. It will be an exciting, long overdue homecoming for Sergey. And I am so happy to confirm that Sergey’s many fans in the U.S. will be able to watch this great event only on ESPN+. I wish to thank Igor Altushkin, German Titov and everyone at RCC for making this all possible. I also wish to thank Bob Arum and Top Rank for their continued support.”
 
Kovalev (33-3-1, 28 KOs) is a veteran of 15 world title bouts and has won the light heavyweight world title on three occasions. A former unified champion, he revived his career in February by scoring a wide points win over Eleider Alvarez, the man who’d knocked him out less than six months prior. One of this generation’s most decorated champions, Kovalev holds victories over Jean Pascal, Nathan Cleverly and living legend Bernard Hopkins. In Yarde (18-0, 17 KOs), he faces a London native with a giant hand who is taking a giant step up in competition. Yarde has won his last 16 bouts by knockout, most recently stopping Travis Reeves in five rounds in a bout that streamed on ESPN+. This will be only his second pro bout outside of England.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Corelone on 08-15-2019

[QUOTE=mlac;19989654]You are falling for the fact he has an unbeaten record on boxrec and big muscles & abit of hype behind him, if you look at the people he has fought, its embarrising, every single guy is either from a…

Comment by Satir on 08-15-2019

Why people talk about robbery, lol, when was the last time or ever had Kovalev any advantages or some doubtful decisions, wtf?

Comment by moltres. on 08-15-2019

yarde is fresh. i think he will win this fight. i see is being a clear 12 round decision that they cant rob him.

Comment by mlac on 08-15-2019

[QUOTE=Corelone;19989646]I'm for Yarde in this, and I think Yarde can hit him anywhere, body or head, and get the job done. If Yarde has to run him down, he has to cut off the ring. Those sorts of things are…

Comment by Corelone on 08-15-2019

[QUOTE=MASTER OF you;19989602]yarde needs to get inside and not stay on the outside where krusher is at his best. obviously yarde needs to attack kovalev's body do you think he can do successfully do so? who are you rooting for?[/QUOTE]…

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