Anthony Yarde will try to upset and dethrone Sergey Kovalev on August 24, in the match for the WBO light-heavyweight title of the world. This is by far the most interesting fight scheduled in this month, and no doubt draws enormous attention.
The 28-year-old Englishman is challenging the experienced Russian, who has been at the top of the boxing world for a long time. This fight will be broadcasted on various pay per view channels and other TV stations. The entire Brittish Island is anxiously waiting to see their young star in his first big challenge. After Anthony Joshua lost to Andy Ruiz Jr, Yarde became their last hope to have one Brit as the owner of a respectable world title.
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Many experts stated that Yarde rushed into it a little bit and that he still isn’t ready for such a big task like facing Kovalev. The WBO Inter-Continental light-heavyweight champion has a perfect record of 18 straight wins, 17 of them coming by a knockout, per BoxRec.com.
In the latest title defense on March 8 in London, he defeated Travis Reeves from the USA, with a TKO in the fifth round. After that, he declared ready to face the Russian who is a synonym for a champion in this category. There are many debates about whether is that a smart move, especially because Yarde has to travel to Russia. He fought outside Great Britain only once, against Rayford Johnson in 2016, when he went to the United States.
Various boxing pundits were mentioning Anthony Joshua’s experience when he lost three belts in his first fight overseas. Until then, Joshua, just as Yarde, had a perfect record.
Meanwhile, Kovalev (33-3-1, 28 KO) will not only have the home crowd behind him but also, a vast experience. He already won and lost titles in this category and knows how to fight against young lions like Yarde is.
On February 2 he regained the light-heavyweight WBO title against the man who took it away from him, Eleider Alvarez from Colombia. RealCombatMedia.com wrote about that fight already. His win came after a unanimous decision and once again the WBO belt was in his possession. Previously, Kovalev had nine title defenses but was defeated in the meantime twice in a row. Both losses came against famous Andre Ward, who took away three belts from the Russian – WBA (undisputed), IBF, and WBO. He would later win WBO again vs. Vyacheslav Shabranskyy, before the matches with Alvarez.
Kovalev’s style is based on strong punches, and it is hard to believe that Yarde ever faced a similar opponent before. Because of that, the champion has more chances to defend the throne according to the bookies. Not a single one of them sees the upcoming spectacle as an even contest.
Bet 365 offers 4/7 on Kovalev’s win, while other bookies like William Hill believe in him even more, and have set their odds at 4/11. Meanwhile, Yarde’s success is a 2/1, and that pretty much tells you how experts estimate his prospects in this one. A draw is 25/1 at Ladbrokes.