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Sergey Kovalev vs Anthony Yarde: Confirm the official tournament day

Sergey Kovalev vs Anthony Yarde: Confirm the official tournament day

WBO Light Heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev chose to defend the title before Anthony Yarde instead of taking Canelo Alvarez's challenge.

Light Hewavyweight 3-time world champion has decided to protect the previous opponent WBO champion Anthony Yarde. The confrontation will take place on August 24 at Traktor Sports Palace in Chelyabinsk, Russia - Kovalev's hometown. This information has been confirmed by the Russian Boxing Association.

In February, Sergey Kovalev (33-3-1, 28KOs) regained the WBO title by winning an unbeaten victory over Eleider Alvarez. What made this victory especially because Eleider Alvarez was the fist stripping Kovalev's WBO belt in the previous encounter in August 2018.

Shortly after regaining the title, Kovalev was asked by WBO to protect the belt in front of Yarde (18-0, 17KOs), which would be the first title match in the career of the English punchman.

As originally planned, both hands will strike on the 29th of June. However, for many different reasons, including the difficulty of finding investors for the event, the trial was postponed until August 24th.

During the postponement period, Kovalev considered many other competitors, most notably Saul "Canelo" Alvarez, a Mexican puncher who was still looking for an opponent for the September 14th matchday.

The two seemed to agree to compete with each other, even Canelo sent a contract to Kovalev. However, if Kovalev nodded at the challenge, he would have to spend a large sum of money on Anthony Yarde to get the Englishman to endure waiting for another opportunity. The amount of money spent was large enough to make Kovalev's remuneration much less significant from the match against Canelo Alvarez. For this reason Kovalev chose to protect the belt against the British candidate, a more financially viable option.

Yarde was chosen as a forced opponent of the Russian puncher after winning over Travis Reeves in just five innings in March. Famous for the powerful punches that often end the match with Knock Out, the British puncher promises to be a formidable opponent for the Russian champion.