Noah K. Murray, USA Today Sports. Pictured: Sergey Kovalev
- Anthony Yarde (+145) will face light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev (-170) in his home country of Russia on Saturday. Our boxing crew previews the title fight and how to bet it.
Betting odds: Sergey Kovalev vs. Anthony Yarde
Kovalev odds: -170
Yarde odds: +145
Over/Under: 8.5 (+110/-130)
Time: 12:30 p.m. ET
There’s a rare championship boxing matinee on Saturday as former pound-for-pound list staple Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (33-3-1, 28 KOs) takes on prolific-but-untested knockout phenom Anthony Yarde (18-0, 17 KOs) in Kovalev’s native Russia.
It’s not a fight that will have the mainstream sports world buzzing, but for boxing fans it’s an intriguing bout between fighters at opposite ends of their career. Yarde, 28, has only been a professional fighter for four years but the early returns show that the Englishman is a legitimate prospect and his power is real.
A win over Kovalev will launch Yarde’s career to a new level and could give Britain another high-profile boxing star along with Anthony Joshua.
The stakes are incredibly high for Kovalev, too, as the 36-year-old is chasing a mega-fight with Canelo Álvarez. A revenge win over Eleider Alvarez back in February put Kovalev back on track, but the question must be asked: Is time to write him off and demote him to “Gatekeeper” status?