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.