Former British light heavyweight champ Hosea Burton has made his intentions known, calling out undefeated Anthony Yarde, man to man, to his face. The two recently encountered one another during Tyson Fury-Deontay Wilder fight week in Los Angeles, California, where Burton was on-hand to support his cousin, Fury.
"Let’s make the fight happen," Burton told Yarde. "We’re both excited about it. They say I’m not up to you, but let’s get it going man."
Burton has gone undefeated for two years, since suffering his lone career defeat at the hands of Frank Buglioni, a fight in which he was winning prior to a final round stoppage. Buglioni has recently retired from the sport, leaving Burton to set his sights on Yarde, rather than avenging his defeat first.
Yarde recently scored a knockout victory over Walter Sequeira, October 20 in Brentwood, improving his record to 17-0 with 16 knockouts.
Burton, however, hasn’t been impressed.
"If he’s six foot, I must be six foot nine, because he’s a lot shorter than that," Burton said of Yarde’s stature. "I would be his first live opponent. Let’s get it on."