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Kovalev stops Yarde to retain WBO light heavyweight title

Kovalev stops Yarde to retain WBO light heavyweight title

26.8.2019

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.

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