Anthony Yarde: “Me And Joshua Buatsi Are Not Fighting Without Fans”

Anthony Yarde is focused on Spelman, Buatsi fight comes later

Anthony Yarde
Anthony Yarde

Anthony Yarde is focused on Spelman, Buatsi fight comes later

The boxing community is well aware that British promoters Frank Warren and Eddie Hearn are on track to make a mega financial bout together featuring WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury (30-0-1, 21ko) and unified champion Anthony Joshua (23-1, 21ko). That is, should both champions prove successful in their upcoming title obligations. However, most are unaware that another potential financially profitable bout is on the horizon sometime down the line. A pair of power-punching light heavyweights are on a future collision course. Namely, former title contender Anthony “The Beast from the East” Yarde (19-1, 18ko) and Joshua “Just Business” Buatsi (12-0, 10ko).

Now, this is a clash that has been in the making since 2018. It was then that Hearn first mentioned wanting to make the fight with his fighter Buatsi and the Queensberry boxer Yarde.

Yarde has endured some rough times lately. First was losing his first title fight to then-WBO champion Sergey “Crusher” Kovalev (34-4-1, 29ko). Afterward came the passing of his father and grandmother to COVID-19, but the hard-punching light heavyweight pushed forward. Moreover, with boxing returning, the talk of the two top British light heavyweights locking horns is on the lips of the UK fans, and the punching-power each fighter possesses is the main reason why this fight is hugely marketable.


During a recent interview with iFL TV, the former title contender talked about fighting Buatsi. Yet, for now, he is still focused on his upcoming bout with Dec Spelman (16-4, 8ko) scheduled for September 12.

“We’ve had a couple of conversations, our conversations went well. I won’t say too much on that situation. My focus right now is Dec Spelman, but that’s a big fight in the future.”

“We both got respect for each other and the fight is going to happen in the future. Hopefully with a world title in the pipeline and make a massive event of it.”

Yarde was honest about a time frame as well. Understanding the financial logistics in making the fight, he was very clear that it won’t happen without fans.

“The way I see it is this, talking about the fight now when it’s behind closed doors with all this going on is a bit unrealistic. It’s one of those fights that the build-up is going to be good.

If you asking me if it’s going to be another situation that fighting behind closed doors, me and Joshua Buatsi, absolutely not!”

By: Garrisson Bland

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Garrisson Bland - Head of Public Relations/Senior Journalist. Garrisson is the Head of Public relations for as well as a senior writer. He is also the host of YouTube boxing show "Truth And Facts Sports Talk."