JOSHUA BUATSI faces his biggest test yet when he takes on Craig Richards in a big South London battle at the O2 Arena.
The 2016 Rio Olympian has enjoyed a fairly troublesome-free career up until now and is undefeated in 15 fights.
Richards, on the other hand, has a record of 17-2, with his most recent loss coming last year at the hands of Dmitry Bivol, who just conquered Canelo Alvarez.
The former British light-heavyweight champ gave Bivol one of his most competitive fights as a pro, and he believes he will be too much for Buatsi.
Buatsi has had his career stalled numerous times due to injury, but the 29-year-old hopes to be fighting for a world title in the next 12 months.
Richards wants the same, though, and will be out to thwart his fellow South Londoner’s plans when they meet.
When is Buatsi vs Richards?
- Buatsi’s big clash with Richards will take place on Saturday, May 21.
- The fight will be held at London’s O2 Arena.
- The main card will get underway from 7pm, with main event ring-walks expected closer to 10pm UK time.
What channel is it on and can it be live streamed?
- Buatsi vs Richards will be shown live on DAZN in the UK.
- You can live stream the clash from the DAZN app, which is available for download onto your mobile or tablet device.
Buatsi vs Richards FULL CARD
- Joshua Buatsi vs Craig Richards
- Alen Babic vs Adam Balski
- Chantelle Cameron vs Victoria Bustos
- Robbie Davies Jr. vs Javier Molina
- Ellie Scotney vs Maria Cecilia Roman
- John Hedges vs Robert Baltaru
- Cheavon Clarke vs Pawel Martynuk
- Shiloh Defreitas vs Iliyan Markov
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What has been said?
“The crowd are going to be in for a treat,” Buatsi said.
“I am coming to win and nothing else, I am sure Richards is doing the same.
“He had a close fight with Bivol so will want to make things straight, but I have other plans. Win well and then push onto the world title by any means necessary.”
“We’re two top tier fighters from the UK,” said Richards. “This is one of the biggest domestic clashes for a long time.
“Nobody is going to stop me from fulfilling my destiny of becoming a world champion.
“He is a solid competitor and will be coming to win, but I am confident and believe I have the tools to get the job done.”
Davies Jr vs Molina – Round 1
Solid start to the fight for Molina, who buckles Davies Jr’s knees with a solid right hand.
Davies Jr tries to tie things up but Molina shrugs him off and comes forward with piercing jabs.
Nice shot to the body from Molina, who goes upstairs on the follow-up.
Davies Jr lands a nice left hook but Molina catches him as he comes in for a second go.
Davies Jr vs Molina – Round 1
We’re underway here with the first fight on DAZN’s broadcast as Davies Jr makes a step up against former Olympian Molina.
Should be a good’un.
Robbie Davies Jr vs Javier Molina
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Results from the undercard
So far we’ve had the likes of Chev Clarke and John Hedges Jr in action, with both picking up vital wins.
- Shiloh Defreitas def. Iliyan Markov UD6
- John Hedges Jr def. Robert Baltaru TKO3
- Cyrus Pattinson def. Dimitri Trenel TKO3
- Chev Clarke def. Pawel Martinyiuk TKO2
Welcome to Buatsi vs Richards
Hello and welcome to SunSport’s live coverage of Joshua Buatsi vs Craig Richards at the O2 Arena!
It’s a big night for both men, born and bred in South London, as they compete in a big domestic dust-up just a few muies from where both grew up.
The winner will no doubt go on to challenge for world titles, with the loser having to rebuild.
Elsewhere on tonight’s card, we’ll have Ellie Scotney, Robbie Davies Jr, Chantelle Cameron and Alan Babic in action.
So kick back and relax, we’ve got all the action coming your way over the next few hours.