Yarde was the better of the two in the first round while Kovalev spent majority of the round trying to establish his Jab.. Yarde landed some stiff jab that sent Kovalev backwards.
Kovalev had his turn in the second, landing a stiffsjab to Yarde’s face in the second backing him up. Both boxers couldn’t get their power shots landing in the first three rounds.
Kovalev was already ahead on the cards by the fourth round, landing a clean Jab early in the round and a left before the end of the round.
Yarde looked gassed up by the fifth round and this motivated Kovalev who continued letting his hands go. The Crusher snapped Yarde’s head with a jab and an over handh right towards the end of the round.
Kovalev continued his dominance in the sixths round and in the seventh got warned by the referee for a late punch after the referee called for a break.
In the eight round, Yarde blasted Kovalev with some stiff jabs, after both fighters traded toe to toe, hurting Kovalev and making him hold and run till the end of the round.
Kovalev noticed Yarde had lost his juice in the exchanges in Round eight and that motivated him to try ending his inexperienced challenger in the 10th. The round was one sided and Kovalev opened up his Arsenal on Yarde, who could barely hold up his hand.
Kovalev tried to use a flurry on Yarde but this was stopped by the sound of the bell He had already landed 41 of 92 shots while Yarde landed 4 of 45 in just round 10.
The fight ended after Kovalev uncoked a huge upper cut on Yarde sent him to the canvas and the youngster couldn’t beat the count.