Sergey Kovalev vs Anthony Yarde appears to be in the home stretch!
WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev and mandatory Anthony Yarde have now agreed to terms. The fight will be in Kovalev’s home country of Russia. On April 4, the WBO announced a purse bid ordered in four days if a deal couldn’t be reached. Promoters Kathy Duva and Frank Warren, however, were able to reach an agreement.
This fight will be the first true test for Anthony Yarde, who’s been criticized heavily for facing lower-tier competition while being ranked in the top five for more than a year. In addition, he had previously turned down this opportunity, two chances to face IBF champion Artur Beterbiev and an step-up bout with top rated contender Sullivan Barrera.
Fans were quick to show their displeasure over social media. However, promoter Frank Warren and Yarde himself stuck to relishing the comfort of the “growing process.”
As for Kovalev, he’s coming off a terrific redemption performance against Eleider Alvarez following a knockout loss to the underrated Colombian in their previous fight. Both fighters have one-punch knockout power, therefore, this should be an exciting contest for however long it lasts.
We at 3kingsboxing.com will keep you updated as to the venue and date once they’re official.
By: Corey Cunningham