Promoter Eddie Hearn has revealed that he's made a “very big offer” to Anthony Yarde for an all-British light heavyweight clash against Joshua Buatsi.
Buatsi was forced to withdraw from a scheduled showdown against Maxim Vlasov in December with a hand injury, but is set to return in April.
The London rivals have been long-been linked with a domestic meeting and Hearn, who promotes Buatsi, says he has offered the fight to Yarde, who is currently the number one contender with the WBO, who is with Frank Warren, as well as to former world title challenger, Craig Richards.
“Joshua Buatsi, supposed to see him actually on Friday,” Hearn told Pro Boxing Fans.
“Hand is good, he’ll be back in April. I think sometimes when you miss a fight, you decide to roll the dice and go into a big fight. Actually made a very big offer to Anthony Yarde to fight Joshua Buatsi.
“It’s still a fight that I would love to make and also Craig Richards as well, I’ve made him an offer to fight Joshua Buatsi. I just feel that if we can’t make right now Buatsi against [Dmitry] Bivol or if they can’t make Yarde against [Joe] Smith [Jr]. Start making the biggest fights possible. For a long time I’ve wanted to see Buatsi against Yarde. We’ll see what happens about that.
“Hopefully these guys get world title shots but if they don’t, they should be willing to take these kinds of fights and from our side they are.”
Yarde is currently slated to return to the ring in March. Beyond that, his team is going to make a request to the WBO to order a mandatory fight with WBO world champion Joe Smith.