Joshua Buatsi will take part in a fight widely considered a WBA light-heavyweight world title eliminator when he meets Craig Richards in an all-British battle at London’s O2 Arena on May 21.
Led by former world heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua, heavy-handed Buatsi believes meeting former world challenger Richards will be another step on the road to world honors – and his confidence is the result of a start impressive career.
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Joshua Buatsi’s pro boxing record
Since beating Carlos Mena at the O2 Arena on his professional debut in July 2017, Accra-born Buatsi has won 14 more – and only two of his opponents have gone the distance with the 29-year-old .
Buatsi claimed his WBA title beating Ricards Bolotniks in his last fight, knocking out the Latvian in the 11th round at promoters Matchroom’s UK base in August 2021.
|August 14, 2021||Ricards Bolotniks||TKO (round 11)|
|May 15, 2021||Daniel Dos Santos||TKO (4)|
|October 4, 2020||Marko Calic||TKO (7)|
|August 31, 2019||ryan ford||KO (7)|
|June 1, 2019||Marco Antonio Periban||TKO (4)|
|March 23, 2019||Liam Conroy||TKO (3)|
|December 22, 2018||Renold Quinlan||TKO (1)|
|October 13, 2018||Tony Averlant||TKO (1)|
|July 28, 2018||Andrejs Pokumeiko||TKO (1)|
|May 5, 2018||Stephane Cuevas||TKO (5)|
|March 31, 2018||Bartlomiej Grafka||PTS (6)|
|February 3, 2018||Jordan Joseph||TKO (2)|
|October 28, 2017||Saidou Sall||PTS (6)|
|September 1, 2017||Baptiste Castegnaro||TKO (5)|
|July 1, 2017||Carlos Mena||TKO (2)|
Joshua Buatsi’s titles won
Although Buatsi says he isn’t planning his schedule precisely at the start of the year, he has made it clear that he wants to win a world title in 2022 – and also called out fellow former British champions Callum Smith, Callum Johnson, Anthony Yarde, Dan Azeez for an exciting tournament.
The sports science graduate also has an impressive amateur pedigree: Buatsi won the English national championships in successive years before claiming bronze at the 2015 European Championships and the 2016 Olympics in Rio.
Victory signature of Joshua Buatsi
Knocking out Bolotniks was a statement and the best win of Buatsi’s career, dropping his durable opponent in the 11th with a right hand he couldn’t recover from.
Bolotniks had won the Golden Contract tournament the previous year and recovered from being knocked down in the sixth round, testing Buatsi’s stamina and determination with a commendable comeback that looked set to take the scrap on the scoreboards . In fact, Buatsi has found the answer.
🤯 What a knockout
Joshua Buatsi (@boxingbuatsi) defeats Ricard Bolotniks by TKO11 in WBA Light Heavyweight eliminator bout 🔥
— WBA Boxing (@WBABoxing) August 14, 2021
Joshua Buatsi next fight
Richards should provide a telling test for Buatsi’s titles as the 31-year-old challenged current division champion Dmitry Bivol in Manchester in May 2021, netting a points loss to the Russian.
It was one of only two defeats Londoner Richards suffered in his career. His other defeat also came on points when he challenged Frank Buglioni in 2017 for the British title – a belt Richards won in 2020.
Undefeated Bivol beat pound-for-pound number one Canelo Alvarez in the United States on May 7 by unanimous decision – and while that would be a huge step forward, Buatsi will no doubt have his eye on the winner if he does. of Richards his tenth straight knockout. victim.