Yarde vs. Burton off?

By Cain Bradley on July 28, 2017
Yarde vs. Burton off?
The Burton bout may be the toughest domestic bout for Yarde given his size and class.

It became a battleground on Twitter between Warren fans and Hearn fans with neither side seemingly able to think reasonably…

It was reported over a week ago that Anthony Yarde (12-0) would take on Hosea Burton (19-1) in a British title eliminator at light heavyweight. The title will also be contested with a bout between Frank Buglioni (20-2-1) and Callum Johnson (16-0). Instead Yarde and Warren have seemingly chosen to avoid Burton, calling for Buglioni to fight Yarde. It became a battleground on Twitter between Warren fans and Hearn fans with neither side seemingly able to think reasonably.

A press conference with the Warren stable on Thursday revealed that Yarde was not planning to take on Burton. He questioned why would he fight Burton given Buglioni had already knocked him out. Frank Warren asked Buglioni to “step up to the plate, it’s a big pay day.” He believed that accepting the fight would help his world title ambitions as it was a chance for a top ten ranking (with the WBO where Yarde is ranked eighth). Tunde Ajayi, manager of Yarde, tweeted at Buglioni telling him “don’t duck, don’t dive, you wrote the cheque let’s see if you can cash it.” Warren claims the offer was for £100,000 and that it was a limited time offer. Unfortunately for Yarde, it seems a pretty bogus offer as Buglioni has to defend against Johnson or be stripped of his belt which all indications suggest he wants to keep.

Eddie Hearn described it a “sickener as a real 50-50 where both guys would have made a fortune.” He believes that Yarde is ducking Burton. He claimed on Twitter he made a similar offer for him to take on an eliminator that Warren made to fight the British champion. Yarde is one of Frank Warren’s superstar prospects being pushed to the moon alongside Daniel Dubois. For that reason Warren does not want Yarde to appear on Sky Sports and a huge part of the struggles to get a deal done here could be the rift between the promotional companies and deciding which TV station the bouts should be on.

Warren suggested that Yarde would be better off fighting Ricky Summers (13-1) as he was not stopped by Buglioni. He was outclassed a bit and Buglioni was the clear winner whereas in his bout against Burton, Buglioni was the one outclassed and only way with a superb attack in the final round that led to him stopping Burton. The Burton bout may be the toughest domestic bout for Yarde given his size and class. Buglioni is far more hittable and with someone as powerful as Yarde, he should fancy himself to stop Buglioni. The issues in creating this bout is a microcosm of the issues and splits in British professional boxing here. People are either with Sky and Hearn or against them and it often is unhealthy for the sport.

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