Fury brothers split on Sergey Kovalev-Anthony Yarde result

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Boxing brothers Tyson Fury and Tommy Fury are split on who they believe will win the WBO light heavyweight title fight between champion Sergey Kovalev 33-3-1 (28) and challenger Anthony Yarde 18-0 (17) at the Traktor Sport Palace in Chelyabinsk, Russia on August 24.

Undefeated heavyweight Tyson Fury is firmly in the corner of fellow Brit Yarde and believes Kovalev is past his devastating best.

“I fancy Anthony Yarde,” said Tyson, who faces Otto Wallin in Las Vegas on September 14. “I really do fancy Yarde. I think Kovalev is on the slide.

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“He has been a good world champion in his time and has done very well, but I think the Andre Ward losses have done him really, although he lost that fight to (Eleider) Alvarez and then came back and beat him.

“I think a young man will always beat an older one and that has always been my motto. I fancy Anthony Yarde to knock him out, not just beat him on points, stop him.

“Because that is what he needs to do in Russia anyway. It will only make his career better when he wins away from home. I’ve been all over and kept winning. If you’re any good, you’ll win, and if you’re not, you’ll lose, simple as.

“Home advantage means nothing to me but it does to a lot of people because they are not natural fighting men. Some people can’t fight off their own soil, but I can because it was bred in me.

“So we are going to see what Anthony Yarde is made of and I think he’ll do it. A good young man should beat a good older one. I believe he’ll do it and I believe he’ll be a good world champion.”

Light heavyweight Tommy Fury, who stars in reality TV show Love Island, is leaning towards Kovalev.

“It is a very, very good fight for Yarde and I think he deserves it,” said Tommy. “His time has come and I hope to God he can pull it off because he is from here and we’ve got to support our own.

“As far as the actual fight is concerned, it is a huge task. If he is going to beat him at any time it is going to be now because he is on the downfall and has been for quite a long time. So I am pretty sure he is going to be at his most vulnerable.

“But, listen, big props to him if he can pull it off, but my money would be on Kovalev because he has mixed it at a higher level and fought much better fighters.

“Obviously I hope Yarde can pull it off, but I just don’t see it happening.”

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