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24-08-2019, 09:57   #1
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Kovalev v Yarde

Surprised there has been very little discussion about this bout.

I think it's an intriguing fight. For a long time I was unsure about Yarde, just wondered was he all flash and no substance, but bit by bit he has won me over. Of course, his opposition has not exactly been top class, but it's been reasonably good for someone so inexperienced. Having said that, I was sure he was going to be waiting at least another year before challenging for top honours in a talent-laden division.

But that's the bit that has caught my attention. Frank Warren is his promoter and like him or loathe him, he has a very good record of timing his fighters' runs and catching an aging champion just at the right time. Obviously he has spotted something, especially with the fight being in Russia.

For me it all boils down to two things. Jab and chin. Kovalev's jab is probably the best in boxing, even someone as good as Andre Ward struggled with it, so is Yarde experienced enough to work around it on a consistent basis? If he is then he has a huge chance.

Then there's the question over Yarde's chin. Kovalev can really bang and we just don't know yet whether Yarde can take big punches. He looks a very solid unit, but that doesn't necessarily say much. His trainer has unusual training methods and doesn't believe in much sparring. Whatever about the rights and wrongs of that, sparring definitely toughens you up and conditions the body for punishment, so if Yarde is taking regular shots from a big puncher with underrated skills, how will he stand up to it?

I can see a lot of different scenarios in this fight, but I suppose the sensible prediction would be a Kovalev points win or late stoppage, but I certainly would not be surprised with a Yarde win.
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24-08-2019, 13:02   #2
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I know that Kovalev has a great jab but look at what Yarde did to this boxing machine.



Seriously though, looking forward to this fight. Fair play to them for taking the risk.
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24-08-2019, 13:14   #3
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Any approx time For the fight ?
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Something tells me Yarde might have got Kovalev at the right time, he's getting on a bit, weren't there stories about Kovalev having domestic problems and trouble with the drink etc?

Not 100% certain, but if Yarde shows up in tip top shape and can get past the jab he might have some success. I could see this one being a bit of a barn burner with someone being stopped. Of course Yarde might have jumped up too many levels and simply get outclassed though. It's an interesting one.

/edit think this one is approx 7.30pm Irish time
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Any approx time For the fight ?
Nice and early, 8pm I read.

Crazy how much less of a profile the BT Sport stable of fighters have compared to Sky.

Very excited for this I must say.
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Makabu vs Papin in the twelfth round now. Must be another fight or two before the main event.
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24-08-2019, 19:04   #7
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I'm wrong the big fight is up next. Just about to do the ring walks.

Son Of Judges is in the ESPN studio to do the coverage :-)
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Just get to the ring ffs..............getting sick of these ring walks now.
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Jaysus he should have took the anthem down a semitone or two.
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24-08-2019, 20:04   #10
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Yarde really not imposing himself at all. Can see him getting stopped here.
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Kovalev really getting in to it now
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Yardes body shots doing damage
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wow
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Looks like Yarde might have emptied the tank in the 8th, as lots suspected he may not have the tank to go 12
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yeah that looked like a recovery round, he did nothing.
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