Here me out for a second here guys. I am 6 bottles of Peroni deep, so apologises for the less than perfect sentences coming. This isn’t a thread to criticise Frank Warren, who I believe is absolved of any blame here and has kept in the dark just as much as any of us. This isn’t a thread to criticise Anthony Yarde’s skills as a boxer. In fact, I don’t think he is a boxer at all. For those of us of an age here to remember, there was a very popular pop group in the 80’s/90’s called Milli Vanilli, with millions of records sold. They become infamous after a lip-synching scandal, where it was exposed that its own members didn’t actually sing any of their own songs. The duo ended up having to give back their Grammy award in disgrace. Where I’m coming from with this is that I believe that Yarde and Tunde are pulling off one of the biggest scams in boxing of recent times. There are just too many things here that don’t add up. Firstly, Team Yarde’s complete reluctance to face anyone of British nationality. There was an investigation in 2017 after a Georgian professional boxer claimed that a large number of Eastern European fighters were faking their records to land lucrative fights in the UK. A website we all use and know BoxRec was named at the centre of the scandal. Promoter Frank Warren said: “BoxRec’s the Bible of our business. I’m shocked. We look up records on BoxRec and agents in the country arrange the fights. Just for you curious George’s, some of the bouts in question were: NATHAN GORMAN bt GOGITA GORGILADZE DERECK CHISORA bt BEKA LOBJANIDZE MARTIN MURRAY bt GIORGI BEROSHVILI CHARLIE EDWARDS bt MIKHEIL SOLONINKINI HUGHIE FURY bt DAVID GEGESHIDZE DILLIAN WHYTE bt BEKA LOBJANIDZE Corruption is indeed everywhere and I don’t want to single out a particular group of people but I think it’s fair to assume that boxers from less affluent areas of the world are more likely to be “on the take” than the current crop of known Brits under Matchroom/Warren who have had domestic television exposure. There would also be a much higher chance of something being leaked to the wrong person. There are plenty of British journeymen for Team Yarde to face, why has there been none? Take a look at all the recent successful UK fighters – Brook, Khan, Frampton, DeGale, Groves, Saunders, Eubank, Haye, Joshua etc….they have ALL faced domestic level competition on their way to the top. Why hasn’t Yarde? He hasn’t even faced a Craig Richards/Jake Ball level of opponent yet. Very bizarre. Another very strange aspect is the large sample size of fights declined. To my knowledge Team Yarde have declined fights recently with the following: Sergey Kovalev, Artur Beterbiev, Sullivan Barrera, Hosea Burton, Callum Johnson, Joshua Buatsi. I’ve never in 25+ years of watching the sport seen a fighter decline so many fights in such a short amount of time. Again, very bizarre. Lack of high level sparring – Normally with a touted prospect you get to hear a few sparring stories. Usually vs fighters who they are now in competition with. All normal stuff really. Except with Yarde, there isn’t any. The rumour going around is that Team Yarde don’t just decline fights, they decline sparring too with any sort of recognised fighter. Recently I was hearing stories from when Bellew used to spar Froch, or from when Eubank used to spar Groves, or from when Joshua used to spar Fury. Who has Anthony Yarde been sparring apart from complete nobodies that no one has ever heard of? Once again this is a very bizarre finding. Tunde’s relationship with Yarde I don’t know about you guys but I get the shivers when I listen to this guy. Look at pretty much any of his interviews on IFL and it will give you the creeps. The guy almost seems to have Yarde brainwashed, either that or he has something bad on him to be able to control him like a puppet on a string like he has. Tunde’s got history too. Remember when he used to shill some Mayweather/Broner wannabe who got a couple of thousands views whilst doing padwork . Turns out the kid hasn’t even had an amateur fight. Go figure. Hosea Burton recently confronted team Yarde face to face in LA prior to the Wilder/Fury fight. The result of which wasn’t the ****y, confident “lion in the camp” that we generally get from Yarde in interviews and after fights. He sure looked uncomfortable at the confrontation and could not wait to get out of there. A close call perhaps? Also Yarde is listed as being 6”, yet Burton absolutely towered over him. Yarde also towers over a lot of his opponents including his last one Walter Sequeira, who was billed as being Yarde’s best opponent but must have legitimately been around 5”7 at LHW (Yeah, right.) Why am I bringing attention to all of this? Yarde just isn’t a boxer. He may or may not have been an amateur boxer at one time but it’s doubtful he is one now. Not since Tunde got to him. He is now an actor, a pretender, a fraud. He has no desire to take any fights on because he has never had a professional fight in the first place. Tunde seeks out financially troubled fighters far away from these shores that no one has ever heard of. He pays them for a “fight” with Yarde which is nothing more than what Bellew did with Michael B Jordon or Stallone did with Lungdren. They will continue to target nobodies because that’s all they can do. They wait, until a big enough fight comes along that they can sell as PPV. Then they cash out. Yarde gets destroyed in a round. A bad day at the office they will say. And they will both walk away rich men.