The WBO #1 mandatory challenger will meet with the WBO World light-heavyweight champion in an intruiging match up.
BBN have provided all the details viewers need to tune in and watch Anthony Yarde (18-0) vs Sergey Kovalev (33-3-1) on the same day in history that Mount Vesuvius erupted, burying the Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum in volcanic ash, forever preserved in history - could this be another fiery, historic event:
The bout takes place on Saurday, August 24
It will be held at the Traktor Sport Palace, Chelyabinsk, Russia
12 three-minute rounds at the light-heavyweight limit
'Krusher's' WBO World light-heavyweight title is on the line
UK fight fans can expect the pair to make their ringwalks at 7:30pm (GMT)
Coverage will be live on BT Sport 2 in the UK, starting at 5pm (GMT)
You can watch online via the BT Sport website here: https://sport.bt.com/
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Press Conference Quotes
Anthony Yarde: “This is my time now and I am going to show the world what I am all about. Waiting for my time to come around could have been a frustration but we turned it into a positive and I am even more ready to seize the moment.
“Everything has fallen perfectly into place for me, this will be my coronation as world champion and I am going to realise my dream by beating the most decorated of the current world title holders.
“I am more than happy to achieve my goal in Russia and I think it is only right that a great world champion such as Kovalev is given the opportunity to defend in his home country. He has earned that right.
“What I know is that on August 24 another world title belt will be under British ownership and I will have done it the hard way, one that nobody will be able to question.”
Frank Warren: "It is a fantastic opportunity for Anthony and he has earned his shot by working his way to the No.1 spot in the rankings. He has showed what he is all about by being prepared to go into Kovalev’s back yard and it demonstrates the confidence he has in his own ability.
“Everybody knows Kovalev is a tremendous puncher and a fearsome presence in the ring. It is something we first saw over here when he fought Nathan Cleverly and he has continued to operate at the very highest level."
Tunde Ajayi: “We’re here now! It’s been stage by stage, it’s been calculated and everything is timing, which I have said from the start. The time is now and we are about to shock the world. I cannot remember a fighter with so little experience going over to another man’s back yard to take on a great champion, so I don’t want to hear any excuses when Anthony knocks him out.”
With almost a 10-year age difference between challenger and champion, many are torn between whether this will be a passing of the torch occasion or a stern lesson from a 175-pound master to an inexperienced pupil that has never fought at world level before.
WBO mandatory challenger Anthony Yarde, 18-0 with 17 KOs, has again accepted the delayed mission of heading into the home nation of the world champion known as 'Krusher' in order to fulfil the first part of his dream of holding multiple world title belts and ruling the division for years to come.
The 27-year-old now gets the opportunity to take on the most experienced and formidable of the current world champions, with the 36-year-old having clocked up 28 KOs from his 33 wins. Kovalev has operated in world title competition since parting Nathan Cleverly from his WBO belt in August 2013 in Cardiff.
Hear who boxing experts are picking to win HERE
Here are the official weights from the day before weigh in:
Sergey Kovalev (Champion) - 174.6lbs
Anthony Yarde (Challenger) - 173.9lb
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