Joshua Buatsi

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Joshua Buatsi
Statistics
Nickname(s)
  • JB
Weight(s) Light heavyweight
Height 6 ft 1½ in
Nationality British
Born (1993-03-14) 14 March 1993 (age 25)
Accra, Ghana
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 6
Wins 6
Wins by KO 4
Losses 0

Joshua Buatsi (born 14 March 1993) is a Ghanaian-born British professional boxer. He competed at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in the light heavyweight division, winning an Olympic bronze medal.[1] He turned professional on 5 June 2017, signing with Matchroom. He is managed by world heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua.

Early life[edit]

Buatsi was born on 14 March 1993 in Accra, Ghana.[2] After his family moved to the UK, they resided in Croydon. Buatsi graduated with a 2:1 degree in Management with Sports Science from St Mary's University, Twickenham, while also competing as an amateur boxer.[3]

Amateur career[edit]

At the 2016 European Boxing Olympic Qualification Tournament held in Samsun, Turkey, Buatsi defeated Ukraine's Oleksandr Khyzhniak in his semifinal and Dutch boxer Peter Müllenberg in the final of the light-heavyweight tournament to secure his place in Rio as part of the Great Britain team.[3][4]

At the 2016 Summer Olympics in the men's light-heavyweight competition, he defeated Elshod Rasulov of Uzbekistan with a third round knock-out, to progress to the quarter finals.[5]

Professional career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Buatsi made his professional debut on 1 July 2017, when he fought Carlos Mena. Buatsi won the fight by knock out in the second round. He next fought on 1 September against Baptiste Castegnaro, winning by knockout in the fifth round. On 28 October 2017, on the undercard of Anthony Joshua vs. Carlos Takam at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Wales, Buatsi fought Saidou Sall in a six round bout, winning the bout 60-54.

Buatsi’s first fight of 2018 was against Jordan Joseph, he won the bout by stoppage in the second round after Joseph’s corner threw the towel in. He went on to defeat Bartlomiej Grafka 60-54 over six rounds on 31 March and Stephane Cuevas by knockout in the fifth round on the undercard of Tony Bellew vs David Haye on 5 May.

Professional boxing record[edit]

Professional record summary
6 fights 6 wins 0 losses
By knockout 4 0
By decision 2 0
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
7 N/A N/A TBA N/A - (10) 28 Jul 2018 United Kingdom The O2 Arena, London, England
6 Win 6–0 France Stephane Cuevas TKO 5 (8), 0:50 5 May 2018 United Kingdom The O2 Arena, London, England
5 Win 5–0 Poland Bartlomiej Grafka PTS 6 31 Mar 2018 United Kingdom Principality Stadium, Cardiff, Wales
4 Win 4–0 United Kingdom Jordan Joseph TKO 2 (6), 2:43 3 Feb 2018 United Kingdom The O2 Arena, London, England
3 Win 3–0 France Saidou Sall PTS 6 28 Oct 2017 United Kingdom Principality Stadium, Cardiff, Wales
2 Win 2–0 France Baptiste Castegnaro TKO 5 (6), 1:06 1 Sep 2017 United Kingdom York Hall, Bethnal Green, England
1 Win 1–0 Spain Carlos Mena TKO 2 (6), 1:19 1 Jul 2017 United Kingdom The O2 Arena, London, England Professional debut

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Rio 2016: Great Britain and Northern Ireland's Olympic team". BBC Sport. 26 April 2016. Retrieved 11 May 2016. 
  2. ^ "Joshua Buatsi – 81KG". AIBA. Retrieved 11 May 2016. 
  3. ^ a b Young, Benjamin. "Boxing: Next stop Brazil for Croydon's Buatsi". Wandsworth Guardian. Retrieved 11 May 2016. 
  4. ^ "Olympic boxing: Nicola Adams among eight British qualifiers for Rio 2016". BBC Sport. 15 April 2016. Retrieved 11 May 2016. 
  5. ^ "Rio Olympics 2016: GB's Joshua Buatsi into quarters with 'stunning upset' knockout". BBC Sport. 2016-08-11. Retrieved 2016-08-27. 

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