Top prospect and WBA International champion at 174 Joshua Buatsi returns
Buatsi (7-0, 5 KOs) has taken the U.K. headlines by storm! A highly respected lightweight due to his extensive amateur career that granted him a bronze medal in the 2016 Olympics, he hopes to bring that success into the professional ranks.
Though his competition has been minimal, his potential and high level of boxing skill is apparent to many boxing pundits.
In his last outing, he picked up the WBA International belt with ease in the first round. He will look to make his first defense October 13 on DAZN.
The opponent is unclear at this time, however, many British fans would be “foaming at the mouth” if an announcement that fellow light heavyweight Anthony Yarde was next.
Buatsi vs Yarde…Maybe?
Yarde, of course is the WBO European and Inter-Continental champion. In addition, he is the #1 ranked contender for Eleider Alvarez’s WBO title. Buatsi understands Yarde enjoys a bit more success and popularity, hence why he has been vocal about wanting the bout.
Eddie Hearn (promoter for Buatsi) has also voiced his interest in that fight. Frank Warren (promoter for Yarde), however, has expressed zero interest in making it in recent interviews.
He had this to say back in May about potential match-ups with Buatsi, Frank Buglioni and Hosea Burton:
“We’ve got on with our work with Anthony and he’s continuing to learn. He’s in a great position. He’s in a higher position than those other three fighters. He’s got a better ranking than all of them. So that’s where we are. Let those three fight each other and he’ll gladly accommodate the winner, and we’ll gladly pay a record breaking purse for that winner to come and fight our man.”
Whoever the next opponent may be, it looks like British fans may have to wait for this collision course to happen.
3kingsboxing.com will provide an update on the opponent as it becomes available. As for now, it is known he will fight on the undercard of Ritson-Patera at Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle, U.K.
By: EJ Williams