Sergey Kovalev vs. Anthony Yarde Boxing Betting Picks

Thursday, August 22, 2019 11:39 PM UTC

Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019 11:39 PM UTC

WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev defends his belt against Anthony Yarde this Saturday in Russia.

<p style="text-align:center"><strong>Sergey Kovalev (33-3-1, 28 KOs) vs. Anthony Yarde (18-0, 17 KOs)</strong></p><p style="text-align:center"><strong>Saturday, August 24 at 12:30 PM ET</strong></p><p style="text-align:center"><strong>Traktor Sport Palace in Chelyabinsk, Russia</strong></p><p style="text-align:center"><strong>Coverage: ESPN+</strong></p><p style="text-align:center"><strong>Free Boxing Pick: Kovalev &amp; Over </strong></p><p style="text-align:center"><strong>Recommended Sportsbook: <a href=";book=Bookmaker" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bookmaker</a></strong></p><p>[/]{"component":"oddswidget", "eventId":3864066, "sportsbooksIds":[93,19,1096,180,169], "LineTypeId":2, "PeriodTypeId":1}[/]</p><p>Three-time world champion Sergey Kovalev has plenty of experience, he has fought Andre Ward and Bernard Hopkins, just to name a few respected boxers and while many thought that he was not as good as he once was because of his two losses against Andre Ward and his loss to Eleider Alvarez; the outcome of the first Ward fight was controversial and he won the rematch against Alvarez by unanimous decision on February 2.</p><div>[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\"&gt;&lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&gt;If you've made plans for Saturday evening, cancel them ❌&lt;a href=\";amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;#KovalevYarde&lt;/a&gt; is going to be an absolute banger...&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Anthony Yarde's ring walk expected at 7.30pm on BT Sport 2 HD 👊 &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;— BT Sport (@btsport) &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;August 21, 2019&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt; &lt;script async src=\"\" charset=\"utf-8\"&gt;&lt;/script&gt;"}[/]</div><div> </div><p>This will be Anthony Yarde's first world title challenge and while he was a latecomer to boxing, he has dominated the domestic and European pro ranks, has a fearsome knockout ratio of 94 percent and he stared down two gun barrels in his life, so the hostile environment at Chelyabinsk will not get to him.</p><p>Yarde has youth on his side as well as confidence but he does take a considerable step up because Kovalev will be his first real test on a grand stage.</p><p>Judging decisions in Russia have been questionable at best most of the time, so Yarde has to get a knockout against Kovalev. Only Andre Ward and Eleider Alvarez were able to stop the 36-year-old Russian and the odds are against Yarde.</p><p>How much does Kovalev have left at the top? Yarde has power, so he has a puncher's chance but his opponent has more experience and <a href="" target="_blank">this fight</a> will be in his hometown.</p>
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