Sergey Kovalev (WBO) vs. Anthony Yarde - August 24th 2019

Kovalev (c) vs. Yarde Winner and How?

  • Sergey Kovalev Stoppage

    Votes: 39 84.8%
  • Sergey Kovalev Decision

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Anthony Yarde Decision

    Votes: 2 4.3%
  • Anthony Yarde Stoppage

    Votes: 5 10.9%

  • Total voters
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Jun 6, 2012
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I've not seen Kovalev's last few. And I've not seen Yarde at anywhere close to world level.

So, in short, I've not got a fucking clue.

Frank is a good reader of fights though, to his credit. So if he fancies putting one of his 'biggest' names in that fight, he will fancy it. I'm not convinced he will though.
 
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Jan 20, 2014
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I believe Yarde is good but he needs a couple of top ten opponents first. I think Kovalev would ice him right now.
 
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Aug 28, 2014
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Kovalev's straights are dangerous, he will catch Yarde leaning to the side like Wilder did Fury, you would have to favour Kovalev but Yarde has decent power, one body shot could slow Kovalev

I know people are saying fight someone in the top 10 but I wouldnt even risk it, Sullivan Barrera is the perfect opponent and is vulnerable early so Yarde could look spectacular but if Barrera survives past 4 rounds he will come on strong and could win
 
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Jun 4, 2012
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No doubt at all in my mind.

I find this a really odd prediction. It took Yarde 7 rounds to get rid of Averlant, who Buatsi smashed in 1 round, and Averlant was not even properly stopped by Yarde, he was retired. It took him 7 to get rid of Sek, who has been done in 2 since then. He took 5 rounds to do Reeves last night, but he's going to get rid of Kovalev quicker than the likes of Averlant and Sek? Why?

Yarde is naturally talented, but he's not shown a single improvement since the Hobbs fight 2 years and 7 fights ago. He fights incredibly one paced...small bunches of activity and the odd single, hard shot as he goes through every round in second gear. It starts to beg the question, is that the only gear he has? When I first saw him fight, I liked that...he was not rushing and charging in wildly to get the KO, but when you see that he never changes from this pace and approach in any fight, it raises questions.

Kovalev has been stopped twice in his life, at world level and one of those was after a number of blatant low blows against the best fighter in the division and a HOF shoe in.

Yarde's best win is what? Sjekloca...a guy he dwarfed, as like many of his opponents he was not a natural light heavy and Yarde is a boiled down cruiser. There's nothing that suggests he would ice Kovalev with one shot if he landed, he landed lots of flush shots against far inferior fighters and they got up or weren't dropped at all. What we can see, is that Yarde is WIDE open to both an orthodox jab and the straight right or overhand right. He eats right hands more and more in the past few fights, and because he evidently does almost no sparring he is not going to be used to tough moments. He lost his gum shield last night because he wanders around the ring with his mouth open.

He could shock us all, and prove that his power carries and he has another gear, but from what we have seen the sensible pick is for him to get peppered with 1-2's and either get stopped or lose wide. He's not even faced a decent puncher at domestic level, so when a flush Kovalev right lands...how does he react?
 
Jun 3, 2012
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I'd only give Yarde a puncher's chance. There are too many questions that remain unanswered, and his selective matchmaking makes me lean towards there being a reason why those question marks still dangle over his head.
 
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I find this a really odd prediction. It took Yarde 7 rounds to get rid of Averlant, who Buatsi smashed in 1 round, and Averlant was not even properly stopped by Yarde, he was retired. It took him 7 to get rid of Sek, who has been done in 2 since then. He took 5 rounds to do Reeves last night, but he's going to get rid of Kovalev quicker than the likes of Averlant and Sek? Why?

Yarde is naturally talented, but he's not shown a single improvement since the Hobbs fight 2 years and 7 fights ago. He fights incredibly one paced...small bunches of activity and the odd single, hard shot as he goes through every round in second gear. It starts to beg the question, is that the only gear he has? When I first saw him fight, I liked that...he was not rushing and charging in wildly to get the KO, but when you see that he never changes from this pace and approach in any fight, it raises questions.

Kovalev has been stopped twice in his life, at world level and one of those was after a number of blatant low blows against the best fighter in the division and a HOF shoe in.

Yarde's best win is what? Sjekloca...a guy he dwarfed, as like many of his opponents he was not a natural light heavy and Yarde is a boiled down cruiser. There's nothing that suggests he would ice Kovalev with one shot if he landed, he landed lots of flush shots against far inferior fighters and they got up or weren't dropped at all. What we can see, is that Yarde is WIDE open to both an orthodox jab and the straight right or overhand right. He eats right hands more and more in the past few fights, and because he evidently does almost no sparring he is not going to be used to tough moments. He lost his gum shield last night because he wanders around the ring with his mouth open.

He could shock us all, and prove that his power carries and he has another gear, but from what we have seen the sensible pick is for him to get peppered with 1-2's and either get stopped or lose wide. He's not even faced a decent puncher at domestic level, so when a flush Kovalev right lands...how does he react?
The opening logic is irrelevant. Callus Smith went 9 rounds with Luke Blackledge and 12 rounds with a Dutch kickboxer before he blasted out Groves in 7.

Furys best win before Wlad was Derek Chisels and you do not have any evidence to suggest he isn't a natural Light-Heavyweight.
 
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The opening logic is irrelevant. Callus Smith went 9 rounds with Luke Blackledge and 12 rounds with a Dutch kickboxer before he blasted out Groves in 7.

Furys best win before Wlad was Derek Chisels and you do not have any evidence to suggest he isn't a natural Light-Heavyweight.
The examples you've used don't work. That kickboxer has never been stopped and Groves was known to be vulnerable. Punch resistance was never one of Groves' strong points. I completely agree that you can't judge a fighter based off how quickly they stop someone, but the difference is that with someone like Averlant, Yarde was landing flush shots throughout the fight and it took 7 to have him retired. We then saw Buatsi do him in one.

That suggests Yarde is not placing the shots as well or he doesn't hit as hard as his record suggests.

Fury's wins are irrelevant. I said that Yarde might prove he's at this level but so far all we've seen is a guy feast off non punchers and do so at a pedestrian pace.

He's easy to hit and to say he stops Kovalev inside 5 when his stoppage wins of late tend to be later and Kovalev's best assets target Yardes weaknesses is odd.

Also, when you say there's no evidence of the fighter being at an unnatural weight, who do you mean? Yarde or the opponent I refered to?
 
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The examples you've used don't work. That kickboxer has never been stopped and Groves was known to be vulnerable. Punch resistance was never one of Groves' strong points. I completely agree that you can't judge a fighter based off how quickly they stop someone, but the difference is that with someone like Averlant, Yarde was landing flush shots throughout the fight and it took 7 to have him retired. We then saw Buatsi do him in one.

That suggests Yarde is not placing the shots as well or he doesn't hit as hard as his record suggests.

Fury's wins are irrelevant. I said that Yarde might prove he's at this level but so far all we've seen is a guy feast off non punchers and do so at a pedestrian pace.

He's easy to hit and to say he stops Kovalev inside 5 when his stoppage wins of late tend to be later and Kovalev's best assets target Yardes weaknesses is odd.

Also, when you say there's no evidence of the fighter being at an unnatural weight, who do you mean? Yarde or the opponent I refered to?
Yarde mate,

I honestly wasn't having a pop but when my mate trained in the peacock he was told by Yarde and Tunde that they could make Super-Middleweight if they wanted.

I would also say Groves is more durable then Hozielkens and Blackledge.
 
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Aug 28, 2014
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Think Bunce was spot on earlier. This is the perfect time to fight Kovalev.
I wouldnt say perfect, Kovalev looked like the best he ever has when he beat Alvarez in the rematch, he literally shutout a guy who ktfo him, he will be very safety first against Yarde for the first half, its a harder fight for Yarde than when Kovalev offered it originally
 
Jun 4, 2012
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Yarde mate,

I honestly wasn't having a pop but when my mate trained in the peacock he was told by Yarde and Tunde that they could make Super-Middleweight if they wanted.

I would also say Groves is more durable then Hozielkens and Blackledge.
Fair enough mate. To me, I went off even the commentators saying Yarde has to drain to make light-heavy, and then he also looks huge for the weight. In terms of fighters...my issue is that I've watched him land flush on guys who have folded from the same shots from others.

I don't think we can say Groves is more durable than Hozikiens, as the latter has never been stopped. Sometimes guys don't land their shots, but with Averlant, Yarde was landing flush to body and head, but didn't ever look like finishing him like Buatsi did. Don't get me wrong, Yarde hits hard, but there's nothing to suggest it's elite level power.
 
Aug 28, 2014
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Yesss lets go, lets hope Yarde actually goes through with it, I dont think he can stall too long he looks like its tough making 175
 
Jun 4, 2012
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Has to be taking the piss
Nope. Watch the interview, he really is that fucking delusional/committed to chatting shit.

Said Yarde boxing in the Royal Albert Hall shows he's the bigger draw, because Kovalev was boxing in "a sports centre in Texas" last time out.

Obviously he missed out that the Texas venue sits 10k, whereas the Royal Albert Hall sits under 6k...oh and conveniently forgets that Yarde wasn't headlining.

Also, he argued that Yarde is sponsored by Adidas and so is Messi. Therefore Yarde is on that level of global exposure.