FIGHT NIGHT Anthony Yarde vs Sergey Kovalev

Anthony Yarde will make the 3,000 mile trip to Russia this weekend to take on Sergey Kovalev for the WBO light heavyweight title.

The 28-year-old, from Hackney in London, has a perfect professional record of 18 wins but this will be his first major test.

He beat USA’s Travis Reeves at the Royal Albert Hall in March and will now take on Russia’s Kovalev in a shot at world glory.

The ‘Krusher’ has a pro record of 37 bouts with 33 wins and three loses and beat Colombia’s Eleider Alvarez in a rematch in February to regain his WBO strap.

Now ‘Beast from the East’ Yarde will look to take that belt away from him once again in this weekend’s title showdown.

Yarde vs Kovalev: Date and start time
The fight night will take place on Saturday, August 24 and is being held at the 7,500-capacity Traktor Sport Palace in Chelyabinsk, Russia.

The main event is expected to begin at around 8pm UK time.

Yarde vs Kovalev: TV channel and live stream
UK fight fans can catch the clash on BT Sport 2 from 5pm.

Subscribers can also stream it via the BT Sport app and BT Sport’s website.

In the US, fans can watch the game on ESPN+, and Subscriptions start at $4.99 a month.

Yarde vs Kovalev: Undercard
Aleksei Papin vs Ilunga Makabu

Evgeny Romanov vs TBA

Eduard Skavynskyi vs Idd Pialari

Akzhol Sulaimanbek Uulu vs Abdulaziz Kunert

Erzhan Turgumbekov vs Heorhii Lashko

Meiirim Nursultanov vs Artur Osipov

Enriko Gogokhia vs TBA

Grigory Varasyan vs Alexey Tukhtarov

Yarde vs Kovalev: What have they said?
Yarde: “This is my time now and I am going to show the world what I am all about. Everything has fallen perfectly into place for me.

“This will be my coronation as world champion and I am going to realise my dream by beating the most decorated of the current world title holders.”

Kovalev: “Fighting at home [there is] pressure. It’s an additional responsibility that doesn’t make the event any easier.

“I have to control myself, and psychologically first of all. I want my countrymen to see this fight.

“And I, as a resident of my native Chelyabinsk, want this fight to be memorable for years to come for those who will come to see it live.”

 

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