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Who won Kovalev vs Yarde?
Sergey Kovalev beat Anthony Yarde by technical knockout in the 11th round on Saturday 24th August 2019 at Traktor Sport Palace in Chelyabinsk.
The fight was scheduled to take place over 12 rounds in the Light Heavyweight division, which meant the weight limit was 175 pounds (12.5 stone or 79.4 KG).
This contest was for the WBO light heavyweight championship of the world.
The undercard featured the clash of Papin vs Makabu.
Kovalev vs Yarde stats
Back in August 2019, Sergey Kovalev stepped into the ring with a record of 33 wins, 3 loses and 1 draw, 28 of those wins coming by the way of knock out.
Anthony Yarde made his way to the ring with an unblemished record of 18 wins and 0 draws, with 17 of those by knock out.
The stats suggested Yarde had a slight advantage in power over Kovalev, with a 94% knock out percentage over Kovalev's 85%.
Sergey Kovalev was the older man by 8 years, at 36 years old.
Both Sergey Kovalev & Anthony Yarde fought out of an orthodox stance.
Kovalev was the more experienced professional fighter, having had 19 more fights, and made his debut in 2009, 5 years and 9 months earlier than Yarde, whose first professional fight was in 2015. He had fought 94 more professional rounds, 194 to Yarde's 100.
Anthony Yarde was ranked number 1 by the WBO in the 175lb division.
Kovalev vs Yarde form
Kovalev had beaten 3 of his last 5 opponents, stopping 2 of them, going the distance once.
In his last fight before this contest, he had defeated Eleider Alvarez on 2nd February 2019 by unanimous decision in their WBO World Light heavyweight championship fight at The Ford Center at The Star, Texas, United States.
Previous to that, he had been beaten by Eleider Alvarez on 4th August 2018 by technical knockout in the 7th round in their WBO World Light heavyweight championship fight at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, New Jersey.
Going into that contest, he had defeated Igor Mikhalkin on 3rd March 2018 by technical knockout in the 7th round in their WBO World Light heavyweight championship fight at Madison Square Garden, New York.
Before that, he had beat Vyacheslav Shabranskyy on 25th November 2017 by technical knockout in the 2nd round in their WBO World Light heavyweight championship fight at Madison Square Garden, New York.
He had lost to Andre Ward on 17th June 2017 by technical knockout in the 8th round in their WBA Super World Light Heavyweight, IBF World Light Heavyweight, WBO World Light heavyweight and The Ring Light Heavyweight championship fight at Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas.
Anthony Yarde had stopped all of his last 5 opponents.
In his last fight leading up to this contest, he had won against Travis Reeves on 8th March 2019 by technical knockout in the 5th round at Royal Albert Hall, London, United Kingdom.
Previous to that, he had won against Walter Gabriel Sequeira on 20th October 2018 by technical knockout in the 4th round at Brentwood Centre, Essex.
Going into that contest, he had beat Dariusz Sek on 23rd June 2018 by technical knockout in the 7th round at The O2 Arena, London.
Before that, he had defeated Tony Averlant on 24th February 2018 by technical knockout in the 7th round at York Hall, London.
He had won against Nikola Sjekloca on 9th December 2017 by technical knockout in the 4th round at Copper Box Arena, London.
In terms of activity leading into the fight, Anthony Yarde had been fighting more than Sergey Kovalev.
Going to this contest, Sergey Kovalev had last fought 6 months and 22 days ago, while Anthony Yarde's last outing had been 5 months and 16 days ago.
Kovalev's last 5 fights had come over a period of 2 years, 2 months and 7 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 5 months and 8 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 36 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 7.2 rounds on average.
Yarde's last 5 fights had come over a period of 1 year, 8 months and 15 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 4 months and 4 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 27 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 5.4 rounds on average.
What time did Kovalev vs Yarde start?
The fighters were expected to ringwalk at around 6:30 PM UTC at Traktor Sport Palace, Chelyabinsk, Russia, which was 2:30 PM EST or 11:30 AM PST on the West Coast of America, or 7:30 PM BST in the UK.
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What were the odds on Kovalev vs Yarde?
Sergey Kovalev was a 1/2 (-200) favourite going into the contest, while Anthony Yarde made his way into the ring at 31/20 (+150) with oddsmakers.