Kovalev Just Killed Canelo Fight
As reported earlier today, Sergey Kovalev will officially fight in his hometown of Chelyabinsk Russia on August 24th, defending his WBO light heavyweight title against mandatory challenger, Anthony Yarde.
“This is my time now and I am going to show the world what I am all about,” said the challenger, who had to deal with Kovalev not only negotiating with him, but with a potential September 14th fight against Canelo Alvarez. “Waiting for my time to come around could have been a frustration but we turned it into a positive and I am even more ready to seize the moment.
“Everything has fallen perfectly into place for me, this will be my coronation as world champion,” the London born fighter said in a press release. “I am going to realize my dream by beating the most decorated of the current world title holders.
“I am more than happy to achieve my goal in Russia and I think it is only right that a great world champion such as Kovalev is given the opportunity to defend in his home country. He has earned that right.”
“Everybody knows Kovalev is a tremendous puncher and a fearsome presence in the ring,” Yarde’s promoter Frank Warren said in Friday’s press release. “It is something we first saw over here when he fought Nathan Cleverly and he has continued to operate at the very highest level.
“Anthony possesses tremendous self-belief and we back him to come away with the spoils but, whatever does happen in the fight, it is one that he will take a lot of valuable experience from.”