Russian boxer Sergey Kovalev defended his WBO title by knocking out Britain's Anthony Yarde in his hometown of Chelyabinsk on Saturday.

Despite being being rocked by heavy hits in the eighth, Kovalev fought back in thrilling style to knock Yarde out three rounds later.

After the fight, Kovalev called out Mexican superstar Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez.

"I definitely want to fight with Canelo and if he answers me - we will fight," he said. "I am open for a fight with Canelo or for the combined fights to identify the undisputed champion in the light-heavyweight division."

According to Kovalev, Canelo's people 'played a cunning game, offered such things that are very difficult to refuse' after they made him an offer when the Russian's fight with previously unbeaten Englishman Yarde had already been organised.

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