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MIND THE GAP

MASSIVE UPSET: Laing cracks Duran en route to a shocking victory over a living legend
Photo: JOE KENNEDY/AP/SHUTTERSTOCK

ANTHONY YARDE IS NOT THE FIRST BRITISH FIGHTER TO MAKE A MASSIVE STEP UP AND TAKE ON A SUPPOSEDLY FADING BUT SUBSTANTIALLY MORE ACCOMPLISHED OPPONENT. MATT CHRISTIE EXAMINES 10 CASES WHICH SHOULD OFFER YARDE BOTH ENCOURAGEMENT AND CONCERN AS HE HEADS TO RUSSIA TO CHALLENGE SERGEY KOVALEV THIS WEEKEND

SOME opportunities, however risky they might be, cannot be turned down. The unbeaten but largely untried Anthony Yarde stepping up to take on Sergey Kovalev this weekend is the perfect case in point.

The Russian is thought to be fading while Yarde is yet to face anyone remotely close to his rival’s standing. The Englishman has weighed up the potential risks and rewards and deemed it’s a gamble he must take. He will enter alien ground, where champions are often born as they prove they belong. Problem is, of course, such assignments can also go badly wrong...

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