Joshua Buatsi will be looking to move a step closer to a world title opportunity when he takes on fellow British fighter Craig Richards at The O2 on Saturday.
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Joshua Buatsi v Craig Richards Boxing Betting Tips
Joshua Buatsi has been tipped to be a future world light heavyweight champion for a while now, and it is safe to say he will face his toughest test in London this weekend.
The 29-year-old is undefeated as a professional fighter. He has won all of his 15 fights since turning professional. Thirteen of those wins have come by way of KO/TKO with just two of his bouts going the distance.
Despite having held the WBA International light heavyweight title and the British light heavyweight belt, Buatsi has yet to compete for a world belt.
Having only 15 fights as a pro, it might be just right that he has not made that step up. If he gets past Craig Richards, then people will start to take notice again.
Richards is two years older than Buatsi and has had five fights more. Richards has won 17 of his 20 fights as a professional with two defeats and one draw.
His last defeat saw him lose a unanimous points decision against Dmitry Bivol. That was Richards’ first shot at a world title and although he was well beaten, he did not disgrace himself as Bivol kept hold of his WBA (Super) light heavyweight title.
We have recently seen what Bivol did to Canelo Alvarez, so going the distance with the Russian shows what Richards is capable of.
Is he a better fighter than Buatsi? I am not sure.
I’ll admit, I am a fan of both fighters, and I hope it lives up to the headline billing it has got.
Now, who will win?
Even writing this, I am unsure who I think will win. I cannot see the fight going the distance. There will be a clear winner with a late stoppage.
OK, I know – pick one.
I am going to go with Richards in this one. I think that extra bit of experience will help him, and he will have taken confidence in lasting the distance with Bivol. I am going with Richards to stop Buatsi in the 11th round. I don’t pick the winner of this fight with any confidence, it is literally a toss of the coin.
Joshua Buatsi v Craig Richards Boxing Betting Tips: Fighter’s Predictions
Joshua Buatsi: “I am the best in the country. The truth is though; we haven’t fought each other. Spider is the first light heavyweight in Britain that I am boxing, so from there, I can make a point of it. Everyone can say they are the best, but until someone gets a World title to separate themselves, then everyone has a point to make, and we are the first to really fight. He is saying I haven’t proved myself, but I don’t think that’s true. We were both amateurs, he fought, I fought, we entered the same tournaments, and I went on and did what I did. So, he cannot say that I’ve had an easier route, just because I went to the Olympics and did well. I killed myself for that medal, gave everything for it, so the narrative people have said and that he’s said too, I don’t think it’s true. I think I had that 50-50 fight against Ricards Bolotniks. A few of the governing bodies had him in their top five. I didn’t rank him, they ranked him. He was a very good opponent and I stopped him. His management team said that they rated me for taking the fight, because all the other light heavyweights in the country didn’t want to fight him. We didn’t think twice. Craig had a good scrap with Bivol, but people have forgotten about it. I beat Bolotniks and people have forgotten about that too, that’s just what happens, but we’re here now. There wasn’t a lot of options out there, it was a fight that was being pushed and I said, ‘cool let’s take it’. It’s a good fight, he’s a good opponent, it’s in London. I have the same mindset and I’ll handle business as usual. I’m unbeaten but that means nothing to me. I haven’t got time to listen to the masses. He’s in front of me and that’s all that matters, not who is one or two, just the fight that’s happening and that’s what is in front of me. We’re not talking, we’re not making assumptions, we’re not predicting – we know that May 21 this is the guy I have got. I am better than him 100 per cent. Come on. I’ve looked at him in the eyes and he knows who I am. You don’t need to explain. I don’t need to talk smack and I don’t need the media. I love my private life. I’ve got opinions, but I don’t care about social media or any of that. Forget the image, when I fight, it’s straight violence. I carry myself in a certain way, but when I get in the ring, it’s straight violence. In professional boxing, we’re all carrying ourselves in a certain way, but the brakes are off when I’m in the ring. The talking doesn’t do it, the fighting does. The reality is we’re going to fight. I have a self-belief, not everyone thinks I’m good or the next big thing, and that’s ok, I don’t care what the masses say. Whatever I must do, I will do and, in that ring, I know in myself that I will find a way to win and do what I have to do. Winning by any formula. I’ve looked at him, I’ve seen him, I know what is going to happen to him and he knows too.”
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