Sergey Kovalev vs. Anthony Yarde
Sergey Kovalev 175 lbs beat Anthony Yarde 174 lbs by TKO at 2:04 in round 11 of 12
- Date: 2019-08-24
- Location: Traktor Sport Palace, Chelyabinsk, Russia
- Judge: Julio Cesar Alvarado 97-94
- Referee: Luis Pabon
- Judge: Deon Dwarte 98-92
- Judge: Zoltan Enyedi 96-93
- Eurasian Boxing Parliament Super Champion Light Heavy Title (supervisor: Mikhail Denisov)
Russia's Kovalev, 36, dominated early on in his home city of Chelyabinsk but was close to being beaten in the eighth round when under a sustained attack. Yarde looked on the brink of glory, but the champion rallied fought back and knocked out the challenger with a jab.
Kovalev's trainer Buddy McGirt told him he would end the fight if he took similar punishment again and his fighter responded brilliantly, hitting and moving in the ninth before appearing close to stopping Yarde in the 10th.
Yarde's efforts in the eighth round looked to have emptied his tank and despite being fatigued himself, Kovalev responded well and pounced on a tiring Yarde to land an 11th-round knockout.