He has the power, but does he have the heart of a lion after stepping in his den?
Yarde stops a great champion in the late rounds for me.
Yarde has made a near-3000 mile trip for what will be his first world title challenge against Kovalev, a veteran of the 165 lbs division who is the favorite to come out on top on home turf.
Hackney-born Yarde will enter the ring with a perfect professional record of 18 wins from 18 professional bouts with a fearsome knockout ratio of 94%.
Yarde has youth on his side – along with some tremendous punching power and oodles of confidence to match his ambition. He will need all of that as he heads deep into enemy territory to secure what would be a remarkable overseas victory for himself and British boxing.
Date, UK start time and venue
Kovalev vs Yarde takes place on Saturday 24 August at Traktor Sport Palace in Chelyabinsk, Russia.
Ring walks for the main event are expected at around 8 pm BST with undercard coverage beginning at 5 pm.