Boxing News At Five | Jul 02 2019

Boxing News at Five: Kovalev vs. Yarde mooted for August 24, Frampton fights Dominguez, Jennings focuses on Joyce’s jaw

Kovalev and Yarde could fight next month, Frampton and Dominguez will definitely fight next month, and Jennings says Joyce's jaw won't be enough
Lyndon Arthur on Anthony Yarde
Yarde is in Russia to challenge Kovalev for the WBO light-heavyweight title Action Images

IT would appear the only thing stopping Sergey Kovalev and Anthony Yarde fighting for the WBO light-heavyweight title on August 24 in Russia is a Mexican, Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez.

According to The Athletic, Kovalev’s promoter Bob Arum has signalled it’s all systems go for a Kovalev vs. Yarde fight to take place next month somewhere in Russia, which would presumably explain why purse bids for the fight were first delayed then scrapped altogether.

That said, best not to get too carried away. Last weekend there was talk of Alvarez, a world champion at super-welterweight, middleweight and super-middleweight, quite fancying the idea of advancing to light-heavyweight in order to bag a world title in a fourth weight class, with Kovalev his go-to guy.