Here is a round-up of the best of today’s boxing news…
Weight and see
Sergey Kovalev and Anthony Yarde both made weight for their light-heavyweight world title fight in Russia.
Defending champion and favourite Kovalev came in at 174.6lbs, while Yarde was lighter at 173.9lbs and the pair had a prolonged face-off after.
It is a massive leap up in class for Yarde (18-0) who is untested at world level and never gone 12 rounds, yet he is hoping to cause a major shock in his quest to land the WBO strap.
“There hasn’t been any fear or butterflies or nerves,” Yarde said.
“It’s not that I am taking him lightly, I know how big the occasion is.
“On paper I am still a novice at the embryonic stage of my career. I had 12 amateur fights, 11 didn’t go three rounds. I’ve had 18 professional fights, 17 finished in the distance.
“So in terms of how much time I have in the ring I am very limited in experience. I have never gone 12 rounds or fought the calibre of Kovalev.”
Food for thought
Deontay Wilder has promised to knock out both Luiz Ortiz and then Tyson Fury before setting up a unification showdown to determine he is the world’s number one heavyweight.
The WBC champion was at the unveiling of a new restaurant in Bradford, West Yorkshire on Thursday night.
Tucking into pizza and burgers, Wilder, who is yet to finalise a date and venue for his rematch with Ortiz having fought him in March 2018, has promised the bout will take place.
“Ortiz is definitely happening,” he said. “I am looking forward to fighting him. After I knock him out I will go to Fury, knock him out and then we will go for a unification,” he said.
Gennady Golovkin should have at least one victory over Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez believes the promoter of his next opponent Sergiy Derevyanchenko, Lou DiBella.
‘GGG’ had two thrilling fights against the Mexican, drawing the first and then narrowly losing the rematch on a majority decision.
Golovkin returns to the ring to face Derevyanchenko on October 5 at New York’s Madison Square Garden for the IBF middleweight title, which Canelo was stripped of.
“Canelo is one of the best fighters in the world. But anybody who knows anything about boxing knows that, at worst, when Canelo and GGG met it was 1-1,” said DiBella.
“GGG has every reason to believe it was 2-0.”