By Elliot Foster (photo by Chris Royle)
Hosea Burton has attacked Anthony Yarde after the latter’s latest win.
The former British light-heavyweight champion took to social media to pass comment on the 25-year-old Ilford man after he kept up his unbeaten record.
Yarde took out Polish southpaw Dariusz Sek inside seven rounds at the O2 Arena in London on Saturday night, exclusively live on BT Sport and BoxNation, to retain his WBO European and Inter-Continental belts.
But Burton, who has long been on a collision course to fight the 25-year-old puncher, was far from impressed as he watched on.
“Anthony Yarde is useless,” he wrote on Twitter. “Why people think he’s good is beyond me. I’d knock him out inside five rounds.”
Burton has been out of the ring since February and was most recently meant to snap that hiatus on June 16 at the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle, exclusively live on Sky Sports, as part of the supporting cast to Lewis Ritson’s outright British lightweight title victory over mandatory challenger Paul Hyland Jr. and WBA International welterweight champion Josh Kelly’s clinching of the Commonwealth title with a retirement victory over Australia’s Kris George.
But a rib injury was, according to promoter Eddie Hearn, the reason behind Burton’s removal from the show at the 11th-hour.
As well as a fight with Yarde, ‘The Hammer’ has long targeted a rematch with Frank Buglioni, the Enfield fighter who relieved him of the British title by stopping him in the final of 12 scheduled rounds at Manchester Arena back in December 2016.