Warren Confident Kovalev-Yarde Happens In September In Russia

By Keith Idec

LAS VEGAS – Frank Warren walked away from his meeting with Kathy Duva over the weekend confident that Anthony Yarde’s mandated shot at Sergey Kovalev will be announced soon.

Yarde’s promoter told that he expects the Kovalev-Yarde fight to take place in September in Russia. Kovalev-Yarde tentatively had been scheduled for June 29 in Kovalev’s hometown of Chelyabinsk, Russia.

The fight was never announced for that date, however, which caused the WBO to call an emergency purse bid for June 11 in New York. That purse bid was canceled because Duva – whose company, Main Events, promotes Kovalev – and Warren had agreed to meet in Las Vegas.

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“It’s not our fault it didn’t happen,” Warren told “So, we had a meeting over the weekend here, and hopefully we’ll be in a position next week to announce it. We signed for it once already.”

The Russian investors providing funding to bring Kovalev-Yarde to Kovalev’s home country have assured Duva that the fight will be staged sometime in September. Kovalev, 36, and Yarde, 27, had been training to fight June 29, but Yarde, the mandatory challenger for Kovalev’s title, will have to wait a little longer for his career-high purse and title shot.

“It says a lot about my guy that he’s willing to go there,” Warren said. “I mean, if it does happen, it’ll be in the other guy’s backyard. But a few things have got to happen before it’s announced. But we want it. We want it to happen.”

Kovalev regained his WBO 175-pound championship by out-boxing Colombia’s Eleider Alvarez in their 12-round rematch February 2 in Frisco, Texas. Alvarez (24-1, 12 KOs) knocked out Kovalev (33-3-1, 28 KOs) in the seventh round of their first fight, August 4 in Atlantic City, New Jersey, to take the title from him.

The hard-hitting Yarde (18-0, 17 KOs) is the WBO’s No. 1 challenger for Kovalev’s title, but Kovalev will represent a big step up in competition for him.

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by theface07 on 06-20-2019

[QUOTE=thekenneth;19840572]Any more news on Kovalevs trial last I heard the girl has a very strong case against Kovalev.[/QUOTE] According to who?

Comment by P4Pdunny on 06-18-2019

[QUOTE=rudy;19839694]Its called cashing in. Yarde is never gonna beat Kovalev[/QUOTE] I’m with you, I don’t give Yarde more than a punchers chance.

Comment by P4Pdunny on 06-18-2019

[QUOTE=minemax;19839744]It won't matter much, I think. Because I doubt it will be a close fight. One of the fighters will win decisively.[/QUOTE] Kovalev likely stops Yarde

Comment by thekenneth on 06-18-2019

Any more news on Kovalevs trial last I heard the girl has a very strong case against Kovalev.

Comment by trippers1 on 06-18-2019

Kovalev will beat him wherever they fight, so its actually not a bad idea having it in russia. U have it in russia, youose then you say "so much was stacked against me" and then the loss doesnt seem that…

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