Warren: Yarde Will Step Aside for Canelo-Kovalev on One Condition

A deal for Sergey Kovalev to defend the WBO Light Heavyweight Championship against Anthony Yarde looks near, and, consequently, a potential showdown between Kovalev and current two-division champ Canelo Alvarez looks bleaker. But Yarde’s promoter, Frank Warren, assured there could be a way for such a showdown to still happen first.

Kovalev and Yarde were originally scheduled to meet last month, but the bout was postponed after the Russian backers responsible for working on the first agreement never announced contract details and then attempted to delay the title fight. Now, a new agreement is near done that will see the two compete for the WBO championship on August 24.

Meanwhile, Alvarez — who is the WBA/IBF middleweight champion, WBA (Regular) super middleweight champion and WBC Franchise middleweight champion — has expressed interest in stepping up two weight classes to take on the Russian three-time light heavyweight champ. Kovalev reciprocated that interest, but he reportedly backed down after what he described as a “lowball” offer.

According to Warren, while a Kovalev-Yarde deal is near complete, Yarde is willing to take step aside money for Canelo vs. Kovalev to happen — under the condition Yarde is guaranteed to face the winner for the title.

“I don’t think Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez will fight Gennady Golovkin again and Canelo appears to be looking at Sergey Kovalev. Obviously, our man Anthony Yarde is in that spot,” Warren told Talk Sport. “The WBO have ordered that because he’s the mandatory, but if the Canelo vs Kovalev fight came up, we’d be willing to discuss stepping aside – subject to Anthony being guaranteed to face the winner.

Kovalev knows there is more money in him fighting Canelo and we know there is more money for Yarde in facing the winner of that fight. So it all makes sense from a financial point of view. It’s a business, we have to make some of these big fights happen.

“The cut-off point for Yarde and Kovalev is this week, so we’re going to find out if Canelo moving up to light-heavyweight is real very soon, because Kovalev’s team have some decisions to make. The only reason the Yarde and Kovalev fight hasn’t been properly finalized at this moment is because they’re holding out for Canelo. Plain and simple.”

Original Story: Boxing Scene

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