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■ The London light-heavyweight challenges Sergey Kovalev for the Russian's WBO title in Chelyabinsk on Saturday Anthony Yarde goes out there and knocks out Kovalev in his own back yard to become world champion… it's the dream. ■ Anthony Yarde takes on Sergey Kovalev for the WBO world light-heavyweight title, live on BT Sport 2 on Saturday, 5-9pm. I could think negatively about going to Russia — but then they might treat me like a king ANTHONY YARDE arrived in Russia ahead of his world title challenge against Sergey Kovalev - but did so without his luggage. The 27-year-old completed the 15 hour trip to Siberia six days out from his shot at the WBO light-heavyweight crown, landing in Russia at 10.00pm. 6 Anthony Yarde arrived in Russia to fight Sergey Kovalev but did so without his luggage But the Brit's fight week got off to a disastrous start as the challenger and his trainer Tunde Ajayi where left without their boxing bags.
WBO mandatory challenger Yarde travels to Kovalev's home of Chelyabinsk for his first world title shot. Kovalev has fought just once in his last 20 fights in Russia, beating ex-Tony Bellew opponent Isaac Chilemba in Yekaterinburg three years ago. "The bags not being here raised an eyebrow but I was like 'Listen, it's night time, we're going to go to bed and wake up in the morning." 6 Kovalev has fought just one of his last 20 fights in Russia, beating ex-Tony Bellew opponent Isaac Chilemba in Yekaterinburg three years ago Credit: Alamy Most Read in Boxing 'FALL FROM GRACE' Fears for Ricky Hatton as he's filmed falling over drunk in Tenerife bar 'CUT FROM TISSUE PAPER' Lennox Lewis could unretire, 'eat a few snickers' and 'humble' AJ CON MAN McGregor 'agrees' to boxing bout v Keeler after 'bully' jibe over alleged attack FIRE WITH FURY Fury calls AJ a 'little p****y' and says 'you got KO'd by a f***ing nobody' ON THE BOX Yarde vs Kovalev: Date, start time, TV channel, live stream and undercard FAT CHANCE Ruiz Jr 'hasn't trained for TWO months' ahead of AJ rematch, says Tyson Fury GUN FIGHT Yarde no problem playing Russian Roulette - after TWICE having guns pulled on him SAUDI SNUB Ruiz in a 'very strong position' over refusal to rematch Anthony Joshua in Saudi He said: "Kovalev is someone I watched as an amateur, on TV and things like that, but right now it's my show. 6 Yarde is the WBO mandatory challenger for Kovalev's belt Credit: Reuters Anthony Yarde's mum had no idea her son was on the verge of becoming world champion. The Londoner has travelled to the depths of Russia to challenge light-heavyweight ruler Sergey Kovalev on Saturday night.
"He was probably frustrated when he was told he had to fight me," added Yarde. Light heavyweight contender Anthony Yarde, 28-years-old, will be looking to do a lot of damage on Saturday night, when he enters the ring before a hostile crowd in Chelyabinsk, Russia. Yarde will challenge Sergey Kovalev for the WBO world light heavyweight title. By far, Kovalev is the toughest opponent in the growing career of of the undefeated Yarde. Yarde, who secured a mandatory shot, refused to take step-aside money, which would have allowed Kovalev to face Mexican superstar Canelo Alvarez. "Kovalev is the No.1 light-heavyweight in the world and Anthony is going to his home town. Anthony didn't want to take 'step aside' money to let them go and fight Canelo. It's a big step up in level for him and can he outbox Kovalev? Ahead of his August 24 collision with Sergey "The Krusher" Kovalev (33-3-1, 28 KO's), Anthony Yarde (18-0, 17 KO's) is full of jokes and smiles. He will challenge Kovalev, in Russia, for his WBO light heavyweight title in his first attempt at championship glory. Truthfully speaking, Yarde has not fought a professional anywhere near the skill level of Ward, Kovalev or Alvarez. The only difference is it's going to be going out in Russia." Anthony Yarde – WBO #1 Light Heavyweight Contender In preparation for the most important and dangerous fight of his career, Yarde's chief second Tundy Ajayi, is on record stating they would not bring in any sparring partners. "If Anthony Yarde can deflect my shots, then there's nobody that can touch him […] we've got this far not sparring with no guys. Maybe he hasn't been in with someone at that level, but Anthony is knocking out Kovalev, easy. Kovalev is the same fighter who literally "caught a body" while fighting in Russia. The fight with Yarde will be his second in Russia since the tragic fatality.