Kovalev stops Yarde to retain WBO light heavyweight title
By the Associated Press CHELYABINSK, Russia — Sergey Kovalev knocked out Anthony Yarde on Saturday to retain the WBO light heavyweight title in his first defense since winning back the belt in February.
— Sergey Kovalev knocked out Anthony Yarde on Saturday to retain the WBO light heavyweight title in his first defense since winning back the belt in February.
After Yarde’s eighth-round flurry, Kovalev’s trainer Buddy McGirt warned the Russian veteran he would throw in the towel if he kept taking punishment.
The previously unbeaten Yarde (18-1) hadn’t gone beyond seven rounds before Saturday and appeared exhausted in the latter stages. He has had just 12 fights in the amateur ranks and 18 as a professional.
He could now be heading for a big-money bout with middleweight champ Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez.Read more: Manila Bulletin News
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