Yarde vs Sequeira: Final Press Conference Recap:
By Henry Walter
Frank Warren held a press conference yesterday afternoon ahead of his Saturday show at the Brentwood Centre, Essex.
Warren was full of praise for his headline act, undefeated light-heavyweight Anthony Yarde, 16-0 (15 KOs), yet was open about turning down a recent world title shot for his charge. Yarde instead faces off against Walter Gabriel Sequeira, 21-4 (15 KOs).
Yarde predictably disagreed with his promoter’s reasoning that he is not ready to challenge for world honours, claiming he is now seasoned enough for any challenge. Yarde produced arguably the best quote of the day when he proclaimed:
“I’m very confident and when you have power like me, it relaxes your nerves.”
Welterweights Gary Corcoran, 18-2 (8KOs), and Johnny Garton, 22-1 (9KOs) were keen to talk up their British title fight and both made it clear they would put their friendship aside during the fight.
The highlight of the conference was the bitter rivalry between fledgling super-middleweight prospects Umar Sadiq, 3-0 (1 KO), and Zak Chelli, 4-0 (2 KOs).
Neither tried to hide their contempt for the other and they didn’t hold back with their barbs.
“Sadiq has a basic, simple and amateur style.”
“I don’t really see any strengths to be honest. He’s 30 years old is he not? Yet his prime was when he was a twenty-six year old amateur. He’s actually slowed down and he never really achieved much as an amateur.”
It’s really not that special to make the amateur Nigeria squad.” -Zak Chelli
“On Saturday I’m going to teach him a lesson.”
Look at him, he’s wearing his work experience uniform!” Umar Sadiq
Also in attendance was unbeaten heavyweight contender Nathan Gorman, 13-0 (11 KOs). Gorman goes over old ground on Saturday, facing former victim Kamil Sokolowski, 5-12 (2 KOs). Gorman used the conference to talk up his mentor and trainer, former world champion Ricky Hatton, and he stated the Hatton’s teaching has brought him on heaps and bounds as a fighter.
Gorman and Warren were faced with inevitable questions about a potential fight with stablemate, and fellow unbeaten prospect, Daniel Dubois. Gorman commented that he would be more than happy to fight him next but Warren was adamant that the fight won’t happen anytime soon.
Warren praised the current strength of the heavyweight division and even claimed that it is the strongest he can remember it ever being. He stated that if Dubois and Gorman keep winning the fight will happen down the line. He then brought up Dereck Chisora as a more likely opponent for Dubois in the near future.
Tickets for the event are still on sale now and start from £40.00.