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Sergey Kovalev vs Anthony Yarde – the full story

The inside account of Anthony Yarde's adventure in Russia. Steve Bunce reports from Chelyabinsk on the Briton's brave effort against Sergey Kovalev
Anthony Yarde
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Chelyabinsk • August 24

IN the end Anthony Yarde had nothing left and after 32 minutes of boxing he took one last desperate breath and started to launch his final punch when he was caught, dropped and beaten. Sergey Kovalev is still the WBO light-heavyweight champion.

The first part of Yarde’s “dream-believe” mantra was dismantled in Chelyabinsk by Kovalev long before the last punch; the hometown hero – his picture hangs in every building – was vicious, focused and calculating in equal measure from the first bell.

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