Joshua Buatsi

Weight Division
Light Heavyweight
Birthday
11th April 2019
Age
0

Joshua Buatsi

Joshua Buatsi
Statistics
Nickname(s)Just Business
Weight(s)Light heavyweight
Height6 ft 1 12 in (187 cm)
Reach74 12 in (189 cm)
NationalityBritish Ghanaian
Born (1993-03-14) 14 March 1993 (age 26)
Tema, Ghana
StanceOrthodox
Boxing record
Total fights12
Wins12
Wins by KO10
Losses0

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.[1]

Early life

Buatsi was born on 14 March 1993 in Accra, Ghana.[2] 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.[3]

Amateur career

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.[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

Early career

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.

On 23 March 2019, Buatsi defeated Liam Conroy via technical knockout in round three to claim the vacant British light heavyweight title at the Copper Box Arena in London, England.

Professional boxing record

Professional record summary
12 fights 12 wins 0 losses
By knockout 10 0
By decision 2 0
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
12 Win 12–0 Canada Ryan Ford KO 7 (12), 1:07 31 Aug 2019 United Kingdom The O2 Arena, London, England Retained WBA International light heavyweight title
11 Win 11–0 Mexico Marco Antonio Peribán TKO 4 (10), 1:39 1 Jun 2019 United States Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S. Retained WBA International light heavyweight title
10 Win 10–0 United Kingdom Liam Conroy TKO 3 (12), 1:53 23 Mar 2019 United Kingdom Copper Box Arena, London, England Won vacant British light heavyweight title
9 Win 9–0 Australia Renold Quinlan TKO 1 (10), 1:50 22 Dec 2018 United Kingdom The O2 Arena, London, England Retained WBA International light heavyweight title
8 Win 8–0 France Tony Averlant TKO 1 (10), 2:53 13 Oct 2018 United Kingdom Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle, England Retained WBA International light heavyweight title
7 Win 7–0 Latvia Andrejs Pokumeiko TKO 1 (10), 1:51 28 Jul 2018 United Kingdom The O2 Arena, London, England Won vacant WBA International light heavyweight title
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, London, England
1 Win 1–0 Spain Carlos Mena TKO 2 (6), 1:19 1 Jul 2017 United Kingdom The O2 Arena, London, England

References

  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. 11 August 2016. Retrieved 27 August 2016.

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Sporting positions
Regional boxing titles
Vacant
Title last held by
Erik Skoglund
WBA International light heavyweight champion
28 July 2018 – present
Incumbent
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