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With the quiet summer period now behind us, we look forward to an exciting couple of weeks in the world of boxing. August will reach its climax at the end of the month when Vasyl Lomachenko comes to London to fight fellow 2012 Olympic gold medalist Luke Campbell, but first another Brit travels to Russia to play Russian roulette against Sergey Kovalev.

Other than the fighting inside the ring, there has been plenty of action outside as well, with Twitter spats and heavyweight disputes dominating the headlines. As always, it’s hard to keep the sport quiet with a new talking point surfacing each day…

Big news of the week

 The biggest news of the week came in an interview Anthony Joshua did with Sky Sports. Looking to plug his pencilled in rematch against Andy Ruiz Jr. on December 7, ‘AJ’ is self-reflecting on the first loss of his professional career.

During the controversial interview, Joshua referred to former undisputed world heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis as a “clown”, following their on-going disagreements over the past few years.

It’s been widely believed that Lewis hasn’t always seen eye-to-eye with Joshua, and hasn’t always had the back of ‘AJ’ since his time at the 2012 Olympics. With ties to the PBC – a promotional company in the United States that rivals Matchroom Boxing – Lewis has often taken the side of Deontay Wilder when it comes to discussions around a potential meeting of the two.

Arguably two of Britain’s most successful ever heavyweights, it is strange that the pair have failed to form a bond during Joshua’s climb up the heavyweight ladder – this being said, it looks as though Lewis is willing to quash any problems to avoid a further escalation.

https://twitter.com/LennoxLewis/status/1161919083010494464?s=20

Since turning pro, Joshua has always played the nice guy in his ascent to the top. Now he has suffered his first taste of defeat, perhaps a change in tactics and persona will re-stoke that fire within him.

Fighter to look at this week: Ilunga Makabu

‘The Junior’ makes his return to the ring this weekend on the Kovalev-Yarde undercard in Chelyabinsk, Russia, as he takes on home-favourite Alexsei Papin, defending his WBC silver cruiserweight title.

The big-punching Congolese fighter has re-built following a shock defeat to Tony Bellew in 2016, with an impressive TKO win over Dmitry Kudryashov in June underlining his power at the weight.

His loss to Bellew for the vacant WBC cruiserweight strap is the only loss on the record of Makabu since he lost his debut back in 2008 by a first-round stoppage. Six wins in two years have spring-boarded him back into contention at the 200lbs limit, with Usyk and Gassiev moving up to heavyweight leaving belts up for grabs for the cruisers.

Fight of the week – Sergey Kovalev vs Anthony Yarde

This fight has been eagerly anticipated for some time. Delayed and postponed twice, it was unclear whether these two would ever meet inside the squared circle, however, on Saturday, Kovalev is set to put his WBO light-heavyweight crown on the line against one of Britain’s brightest prospects.

Anthony Yarde has been the jewel in Frank Warren’s crown for some time now. Building a record of 18-0 as a professional, ‘The Beast from the East’ is yet to fight anyone of note, meaning this step-up to face a feared Kovalev is a bigger leap than most would take in their career.

There can be nothing but respect for Yarde in taking this gamble. Playing Russian roulette against the 36-year-old ‘Krusher’ is a huge gamble at this stage in his career, having earned his spot as the WBO mandatory. Yarde and his trainer, Tunde Ajayi, claim they have prepared for this moment for the whole of their careers – convinced it won’t pass them by.

Kovalev is still a huge threat. Regaining his WBO crown after losing it to Eleider Alvarez last August, the Russian will be looking to put on a dominant performance in front of his home crowd. This could well prove to be one of Kovalev’s last dances.

Tip of the week – Anthony Yarde to beat Sergey Kovalev @ 11/8 (Bet365)

Kovalev isn’t the force he once was. Timing is everything in boxing, and Yarde and his team may have nailed theirs.

The extra tip – Anthony Yarde to win by KO, TKO, Disqualification @ 3/1 (Betfair)

 has stopped all but one of his opponents. Kovalev has already been stopped twice in his career against Alvarez and Ward.

 

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