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Briton Anthony Yarde falls short in valiant attempt to beat Sergey Kovalev in WBO light-heavyweight title fight

Briton Anthony Yarde falls short in valiant attempt to beat Sergey Kovalev in WBO light-heavyweight title fight

The Russian, known as ‘Krusher’, was defending a title that he won from Welshman Nathan Cleverly in 2013. The fight set into a pattern early, as the hard Russian dominated with his thrusting jab. Yarde had some success with a sharp right in the opener but Kovalev edged the stanza with that jab, and his

The Russian, known as ‘Krusher’, was defending a title that he won from Welshman Nathan Cleverly in 2013.

The fight set into a pattern early, as the hard Russian dominated with his thrusting jab. Yarde had some success with a sharp right in the opener but Kovalev edged the stanza with that jab, and his aggression. 

Kovalev also dominated the second round, even though Yarde landed a sharp left hook late on. “Relax, stay focused, keep the left hand up,” said the champion’s Hall of Fame trainer Buddy McGirt. The home fighter followed the advice perfectly, working behind his ramrod jab, winning the next two rounds, though Yarde wore the punches well, showing a great chin against an opponent with a 76 per cent knockout ratio. 

Yarde was outboxed for the first four rounds, yet still looked composed and focused, coming out hard in the fifth, as they exchanged heavy blows. Kovalev landed a heavy left, though the champion was showing some fatigue, and the Londoner landed a telling power shot of his own on the bell. Going into the sixth, already five rounds down on my card, Yarde was still struggling to find the range against an opponent with vast experience in both the amateur and elite ranks. 





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