An edited version of this article was originally published on TheFightCity.com on August 27th, 2019: https://www.thefightcity.com/kovalev-vs-yarde-double-vindication/
Sergey Kovalev, defending in his hometown against undefeated English upstart Anthony Yarde, was an intriguing match-up on paper and one that brought out the full spectrum of predictions. Some asserted assuredly that Yarde, at 18-0 but with few recognizable names on his record, had no business in the ring with the seasoned Russian and would be badly exposed. Others, swayed perhaps by a mixture of Yarde’s obvious athletic potential, his team’s immense confidence, and various personal and pugilistic chinks apparent in the Russian’s armour, insisted the Englishman would pull off one of the great British upsets on away soil.
An edited version of this article was published on TheFightCity.com on January 30th, 2019: https://www.thefightcity.com/sergey-kovalev-aura-alvarez-boxing/
It’s surprising how far and how fast a fighter’s star can fall when a once-fearsome aura is finally burst. It’s not so long ago that Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev was blazing a trail of destruction through the light-heavyweight ranks, but it feels like an age. Read more
Author’s Note: This article was written on 17th April, 2008, and was my first ever attempt at a full-length boxing article. I’d like to extend a huge thanks to Thomas Hauser and T.K. Stewart, who kindly took the time to read it and offer feedback and words of encouragement.
After a combined total of 44 world title fight victories including two of the longest title reigns in the history of boxing, culminating in both fighters becoming undisputed champions in their respective divisions and one of them a two division champion, finally Bernard ‘The Executioner’ Hopkins and Joe ‘The Pride of Wales’ Calzaghe will meet in the squared circle. The fight will determine not only who can call himself the best light-heavyweight in the world, but which man can claim supremacy over an entire era. Most likely niether fighter will remain in the sport of boxing long after Saturday’s contest, regardless of the outcome. So as another of boxings era’s draws itself to a close – with the likes of De La Hoya, Roy Jones, Mosley, Trinidad, Barrera and more all likely closing out their hall of fame careers in the near future – so two more legends of the modern era duke it out to decide just who can ride off into the sunset with his pride in tact; his will executed. Read more