Frank Warren: Yarde Facing Burton Would Be Massive Step Back

By Frank Warren, courtesy of The Daily Star

ANTHONY YARDE is facing unbeaten Ryan Ford instead of British light-heavyweight rival Hosea Burton because it’s better for his career.

What would he have got out of facing Burton, who was stopped by Frank Buglioni in just his second to last fight?

We wanted to face British light-heavyweight champion Buglioni now and made an offer to the Londoner. But we never even heard back and were then told by the British Boxing Board of Control that Yarde against Burton was being made as a final eliminator.


The winner would then face the victor of Buglioni and Burton’s gym-mate Callum Johnson.

It should have been the two highest ranked fighters against each other – Yarde and Buglioni.

The board’s reasoning was they were keeping Johnson and Burton apart because they are both trained and managed by Joe Gallagher.

What happens if they both win their fights then have to face each other? It’s ridiculous.

To fight Burton would have been a massive step backwards.

And we are not waiting around until March or April for a British title fight, we are going forward.

That is a clash with unbeaten Ford, who is ranked higher than Burton on independent ratings website BoxRec, on September 16 at the Copper Box Arena in London.

It will be two unbeaten fighters going up against each other which is always a risk but one Yarde is ready for.

You have this dilemma when bringing fighters along.

You get guys who come into the game with amateur and Olympic experience and then others who have not had as much.

Londoner Yarde only had 12 amateur bouts. We turned him pro and he has only had 12 fights in the paid game, stopping all but one.

He’s ready for this fight and I believe it will be better for his career.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by JayCho on 08-12-2017

I can't believe that he won't let Yarde fight Burton,Burton would be the 4th fighter yarde has fought with a winning record! Yarde is being protected lol

Comment by BigZ44 on 08-12-2017

Typical bull**** out of Fish Eyes mouth

Comment by Shams627 on 08-12-2017

I hate this narrative being thrown about Burton and this fight being a step back. It's a really good fight and would be Yarde's toughest test to date. I watched Burton Buglioni and it was one of my favourite fights…

Comment by Fabes88 on 08-12-2017

Lol sure he would be frank because yarde has been fighting real world beaters up until now hasn't he

Comment by BodiesInFlight on 08-12-2017

If he had just said it would be a step back it would still be bad but his use of the word "massive" makes this statement even more laughable. No one is gonna buy that Frank. :pat:

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