Frank Warren: I Thought We Had Deal For Yarde-Monaghan

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By Frank Warren

It is not the biggest secret that we encountered problems in matching Anthony Yarde for this [past Saturday]. We are seeking highly-ranked opponents to give him a real test and we tried to get a number of people to come over and take him on.

We thought we’d got a deal done with Sean Monaghan, but then he came back with the most ridiculous demands. He was an ideal opponent with a good ranking across the board, but it just fell apart and that is where we are.

We want to get him in with people who can move Anthony up and gain valuable experience but it is not always possible and, as I always say with him, it is a process and he will still benefit from a useful workout.


Anthony knows himself that he has got this fight and then we are looking to push for a world title fight next year and meaningful fights ahead of that.

I want to keep making the fights that matter and I have had no qualms over making tough matches for our guys that really move them on – evidenced by our recent pairings of Catterall-Davies, Sharp-Woodstock and even Chelli-Sadiq.

I tend to cop a bit of flak for Anthony’s opponents, but it is a team decision and I will be sitting down with his trainer-manager Tunde (Ajayi) to mutually agree where we go from here.

Being upwardly mobile certainly applies to one of our top young heavies, Nathan Gorman, who is improving all the time and will be booked to appear on the mammoth Warrington-Frampton card at the Manchester Arena on December 22.

I believe Nathan, along with Daniel Dubois, are the two biggest young talents in the world of heavyweight boxing and they are doing everything that is being asked of them as we move them along purposefully, bearing in mind their tender years for the division of just 22 and 21 respectively.

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