Sergey Kovalev - 174.6lbs
Anthony Yarde - 173.9lbs
Both fighters make weight and #KovalevYarde is officially on people!
This is going to be an absolute banger tomorrow night pic.twitter.com/GwXYsmSLpB — Boxing on BT Sport (@BTSportBoxing) August 23, 2019
Sergey Kovalev will put his WBO light heavyweight belt on the line when he takes on undefeated Anthony Yarde.
The Russian was originally rumored to be facing Saul "Canelo" Alvarez, but turned it down to fight in his home country against Yarde. According to Kovalev's manager Egis Klimas, Kovalev will fight "Canelo" in November or December if he gets by Yarde.
Kovalev (33-3-1) is coming off of a decision win over Eleider Alvarez in February to reclaim the WBO belt. Before that, he was shockingly stopped by E. Alvarez to lose the WBO and IBA light heavyweight title. His prior two losses both came against Andre Ward, falling short in back-to-back fights.
Britain's Yarde (18-0), meanwhile, last fought back in March where he finished Travis Reeves in the fifth round to retain the WBO Inter-Continental light heavyweight crown. All but one of his wins have come by way of KO/TKO.