Joshua Buatsi Plans To Impress Against Marko Calic
2020 has been a year of frustration, missed opportunities, and stalled progression. This has been particularly the case for British light heavyweight prospect Joshua Buatsi (12-0, 10 KOs). Although, admittedly it’s not because of his own doing.
On October 4, the 27-year-old makes his return to the ring. He will square off against unbeaten Croatian Marko Calic (11-0, 6 KOs) at a closed-door facility in his hometown of London, England. This will be Buatsi’s first fight in over a year due to the forced COVID-19 layoff.
During an interview with Matchroom Boxing, the man regarded by many as the best prospect in the UK is appreciative of the opportunity to finally display his talents.
“I haven’t boxed in over a year, so this has been a long time coming. I’m looking forward to going through the whole process of arriving at the venue, warming up, walking out, and performing under those bright lights again.
It has been very difficult adjusting my training whilst waiting for a fight date. It’s the first time it has happened to me as a professional to this extent. So it’s been an interesting period, but you just have to get on with it. As always, I’m planning on impressing with my performance. Winning is everything”
GETTING BACK ON TRACK
Calic represents a chance to get a fight before the end of the year. He also is an opportunity for Team Buatsi to get the ball rolling once again.
Before the layoff, he was on the fast track to a world title shot. Currently ranked #3 by the IBF at 175-pounds, there were even rumblings about a fight between Buatsi and current IBF/WBC world unified Light Heavyweight champion Artur Beterbiev (15-0, 15 KOs) at some point.
That will have to be tamped down for now as he hopes to rebuild on the momentum lost this year. For the immediacy, Buatsi wants to get active again. His goal is to fight twice this year and use Calic as a springboard to what he hopes is a much better 2021.
By: Michael Wilson Jr.