By Robert Brizel, Head Real Combat Media Boxing Correspondent
Chelyabinsk, Russia (August 20th, 2019)– With a 95 percent knockout Ratio, with 17 knockouts in his 18-0 record, Anthony Yarde of Ilford, Essex, United Kingdom, with bring it all to the table against 33-3-1 Sergey ‘Krusher’ Kovalev, the World Boxing Organization World Light Heavyweight champion from Russia now fighting out of Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The scheduled 12 round world light heavyweight WBO title defense by Kovalev will take place this Saturday, August 24, 2019, at Traktor Sports Palace, in Chelyabinsk, Russia. The 10 bout card promoted by Queensbury Promotions, RCC Boxing, Main Event and Krusher Promotions will feature at least 10 undefeated prospects on the undercard, and will open with a professional debut. Undefeated Russian cruiserweight Aleksei Papin will face Llunga Makabu in the preliminary bout to the main event in a World Boxing Council Silver Cruiserweight title bout, the belt currently held by Congo’s Makabu.
Yarde turned pro in 2015 after an uneventful 11-1 amateur record. Yarde knocked out Mitch Mitchell at 15 seconds of the second round at Wembley Arena in Wembley after
decking Mitchell in the first round. After winning a four-rounder over Stanislav Makarenko, Yarde knocked out or stopped his next 16 opponents to qualify for this world title bout. Yarde has appeared in seven WBO Inter-Continental title bouts, winning all of them, as well as winning British Southern and WBO European titles.
Yarde does not have world-class ring experience against veterans, world champions and contenders like Kovalev. Yarde has never fought outside of England. By traveling to Russia, Yarde, who has power, has to knock Kovalev. Kovalev has ring generalship, experience and power. Kovalev will try to outwork Yarde. If Kovalev throws caution to the wind, Yarde will have a better chance of catching him with significant power shots.
Kovalev, now egoless, will just try to outbox Yarde. As the bout evolves, Yarde could go for broke in the last two or three rounds if the scorecards are against him. Yarde is 27 years old, and has youth on his side, to the aging Kovalev’s 36 years old. Of course, if Kovalev fades after the eighth round, the bout will become a war of survival. Kovalev is predicted to win by a 12 round decision. If not, the bout could end in a stoppage either way. Knockdowns will affect scoring, and are likely in this exciting bout. Yarde is young and hungry. Kovalev has a real fight on his hands with Yarde. The winner of the WBO Kovalev versus Yarde bout could advance into a higher level unification bout, against the winner of the unification bout between IBF World Light Heavyweight champion Artur Beterbiev and WBC World champion Oleksandr Gvozdyk in Philadelphia on ESPN in October 2019.