WBO light-heavyweight titlist Sergey Kovalev (34-3-1, 29 KOs) showed his class inside and outside of the ring on Saturday night when he dispensed some words of wisdom to beaten mandatory challenger Anthony Yarde (18-1, 17 stoppages) after defeating the Londoner in round 11.
Kovalev came through a torrid eighth round to stop his exhausted challenger with a jab in the penultimate stanza yet he found the time to offer some words of encouragement to his younger rival.
“You’re a great fighter,” he told Yarde. “Hard. You have a great future, believe me. You’re good. He is strong. He has good IQ, good defence and he’s active. Just not enough experience. I won by experience.”