- Weight Division
- Light Heavyweight
- 11th April 2019
|Height||6 ft 1 1⁄2 in (187 cm)|
|Reach||74 1⁄2 in (189 cm)|
|Born||14 March 1993|
|Wins by KO||10|
Joshua Buatsi (born 14 March 1993) is a Ghanaian-born British professional boxer. He has held the British light heavyweight title since March 2019. As an amateur, he won a bronze medal in the light heavyweight division at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Buatsi was born on 14 March 1993 in Accra, Ghana. After his family moved to the UK, they resided in Croydon. Buatsi studied at Edenham High School. 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.
Joshua started his early boxing career at the South Norwood and Victory club, Charnwood Road, Crystal Palace, London, England. His trainer, Terry Smith, worked hard with Josh right up until he signed with Herne’s Matchroom Boxing. Mark Gillespie, the second coach at SNaV, followed Josh into the professional circuit both leaving their amateur roots.
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.
Buatsi made his professional debut on 1 July 2017, when he fought Carlos Mena at The O2 Arena. Buatsi won the fight by knockout 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
|Professional record summary|
|12 fights||12 wins||0 losses|
|12||Win||12–0||Ryan Ford||KO||7 (12), 1:07||31 Aug 2019||The O2 Arena, London, England||Retained WBA International light heavyweight title|
|11||Win||11–0||Marco Antonio Peribán||TKO||4 (10), 1:39||1 Jun 2019||Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.||Retained WBA International light heavyweight title|
|10||Win||10–0||Liam Conroy||TKO||3 (12), 1:53||23 Mar 2019||Copper Box Arena, London, England||Won vacant British light heavyweight title|
|9||Win||9–0||Renold Quinlan||TKO||1 (10), 1:50||22 Dec 2018||The O2 Arena, London, England||Retained WBA International light heavyweight title|
|8||Win||8–0||Tony Averlant||TKO||1 (10), 2:53||13 Oct 2018||Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle, England||Retained WBA International light heavyweight title|
|7||Win||7–0||Andrejs Pokumeiko||TKO||1 (10), 1:51||28 Jul 2018||The O2 Arena, London, England||Won vacant WBA International light heavyweight title|
|6||Win||6–0||Stephane Cuevas||TKO||5 (8), 0:50||5 May 2018||The O2 Arena, London, England|
|5||Win||5–0||Bartlomiej Grafka||PTS||6||31 Mar 2018||Principality Stadium, Cardiff, Wales|
|4||Win||4–0||Jordan Joseph||TKO||2 (6), 2:43||3 Feb 2018||The O2 Arena, London, England|
|3||Win||3–0||Saidou Sall||PTS||6||28 Oct 2017||Principality Stadium, Cardiff, Wales|
|2||Win||2–0||Baptiste Castegnaro||TKO||5 (6), 1:06||1 Sep 2017||York Hall, London, England|
|1||Win||1–0||Carlos Mena||TKO||2 (6), 1:19||1 Jul 2017||The O2 Arena, London, England|
- "Rio 2016: Great Britain and Northern Ireland's Olympic team". BBC Sport. 26 April 2016. Retrieved 11 May 2016.
- "Joshua Buatsi – 81KG". AIBA. Retrieved 11 May 2016.
- Young, Benjamin. "Boxing: Next stop Brazil for Croydon's Buatsi". Wandsworth Guardian. Retrieved 11 May 2016.
- "Olympic boxing: Nicola Adams among eight British qualifiers for Rio 2016". BBC Sport. 15 April 2016. Retrieved 11 May 2016.
- "Rio Olympics 2016: GB's Joshua Buatsi into quarters with 'stunning upset' knockout". BBC Sport. 11 August 2016. Retrieved 27 August 2016.
- Professional boxing record for Joshua Buatsi from BoxRec
- Joshua Buatsi at AIBA
- Joshua Buatsi at Olympics at Sports-Reference.com
|Regional boxing titles|
Title last held byErik Skoglund
| WBA International light heavyweight champion
28 July 2018 – present