Fair play to Yarde if he actually goes in against Kovalev. But his preparation to date is woeful, no learning fights or tough tests. Surely he should have got involved at European or British level before stepping up to elite level. Kovalev is not like an Anthony Dirrell or Joseph Parker. He has elite skills and punching power to match
Interviewer: Would you be willing to travel?
Yarde: (Pause) 1:20 of waffling about his belief in God.
Interviewer: So would you travel?
Yarde: (Laughs nervously, long pause) Not answering that. Erm...if it comes to that then that's what happens.
In other words, no absolutely not, despite being the challenger and not the champion, I expect everything my way...oh and of course my manager won't let me actually take this fight anyway, so it's a bit irrelevant.