Joshua Buatsi On His Decision To Drop Matchroom & Sign With Boxxer
Highly-ranked British light heavyweight Joshua Buatsi (16-0, 13 KOs) has signed a multi-fight deal with BOXXER and Sky Sports. This officially ends his relations with Matchroom Boxing. For Buatsi, the move was about visibility and putting himself in a better position to land the biggest fights possible.
During an interview with UK media source iD Boxing, the 30-year-old explained BOXXER is the right fit for him at this stage in his career.
“My contract came to an end (with Matchroom). We entered a matching right period where they had to match an offer from a third party, which I gave in, and not all the points were matched. Not all the materials were matched.”
“I have to go somewhere else where there’s an opportunity for me to be viewed by a lot more people in England . . . Who has the biggest platform in the country? As an athlete, as a performer, I want to be seen by the most people.
So, I said to myself, ‘where should I be? Where should I be fighting these fights I’m gonna have? Where should it be?’ Sky Sports was the answer because they gave me an offer that I couldn’t refuse.”
SET TO RETURN TO THE RING
Buatsi is currently rated first by the WBA and second by the WBC and WBO at 175. His last outing was a hard-fought twelve-round unanimous decision victory over Craig Richards in May 2022.
Signing with BOXXER is not the only move that Buatsi has made outside the ring. The native of London, England has also parted ways with Anthony Joshua’s 258 Management group. Buatsi says he is now self-managed.
The Londoner makes his debut with BOXXER on May 6 against an opponent to be determined. With BOXXER CEO Ben Shalom working behind the scenes, Buatsi hopes to raise his profile and fight for a world title by the end of the year.
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