Sergey Kovalev survived an eighth-round scare to knock out Britain’s Anthony Yarde and defend his WBO world light-heavyweight title in a thrilling fight.
Russia’s Kovalev, 36, dominated early on in his home city of Chelyabinsk but was close to being beaten in the eighth round when under a barrage of attacks.
Yarde looked on the brink of glory but the champion’s know-how shone through.
Kovalev, fatigued himself, responded well and pounced on a tiring Yarde to land an 11th-round knockout.
More to follow.