Kovalev stops Yarde to retain WBO Light Heavyweight title

Kovalev to face Canelo

Sergey Kovalev faced Anthony Yarde in defense of his WBO light heavyweight title on August 25 (AEST). The pair squared off at the Traktor Sport Palace in Chelyabinsk, Russia in scheduled for twelve rounds championship bout.

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Yet, the contest ended prior to the final bell. The champion retained his strap by knockout in the eleventh round, making his first successful title defense, after reclaiming the belt against Eleider Alvarez by unanimous decision in February.

In addition, Kovalev updated his record to 34-3-1, 29 KO. Yarde suffered the first defeat in his professional boxing career, which snapped his 18-win streak, and dropped to 18-1, 17 KO.

In his next outing Kovalev is reportedly expected to face the middleweight king Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (52-1-2, 35 KO).

“Canelo? I will fight anybody,” Kovalev said after the win (via CBS Sports). “Canelo is a great fighter, and if he wants to fight I am ready. I will fight Canelo. I will fight [Dmitry] Bivol. I want the biggest fights for my career. It is my career. I have not much time left so I will fight the best fight’s I can.”

Alvarez is expected to move up a weight class and challenge Kovalev for WBO Light Heavyweight title. In his previous bout in May “Canelo” scored a unanimous decision against Daniel Jacobs to unify middleweight belts.

The date and location for Kovalev vs. Alvarez are yet to be determined. More information is expected to be announced in the coming weeks.

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