In spite of being hot-in-demand following his inspired showing at Rio 2016, Joshua Buatsi told BNTV today that he is in no rush to sign any potential promotional contracts ahead of turning professional. Many believe the 23-year-old has already agreed to follow the popular trend for highly-rated amateurs by joining Matchroom Sport, though speaking to him, nothing seems concrete. Speaking at Miguel’s Gym, Brixton, the bronze medalist discussed when he’s likely to make a decision, what options are available and what boxing means to him personally.
If I wasn’t boxing now, I have no idea what I’d be doing, but it’d definitely be something positive.
“I’ve had loads of approaches,” He said. “All I’m doing, though, is just seeing what options I have. All I can do is wait and see what the best thing is going to be for me. My contract expires on the 31st of March, so maybe by then I’ll know what exactly I’m going to do, and what deal is right for me. I’ve got everything in front of me, and I know that options are there. I’ve had one offer from abroad, and I think there’s another one coming as well. It’s interesting, not just nationally, but across the world too. It’s something I’d consider – who doesn’t want to box in America? We’ll have to wait and see though.”
Many believe the Light-Heavyweight’s style is perfectly suited to the paid rankings, and when he does eventually decide to turn over, Buatsi could just prove a real force at 175lbs. This career, though, is an unexpected one for the Ghana native. As he told us, he never really envisaged a career within combat sports, and didn’t actually start boxing until the age of 15. His real desire in life? To be a pilot. He explained:
“To be honest, it was never really about boxing, I never used to like boxing. I didn’t start until I was 15 or so. I actually wanted to be a pilot – that was my dream. I never really pursued trying to be a pilot, but that was what I wanted to be when I was younger. If I wasn’t boxing now, I have no idea what I’d be doing, but it’d definitely be something positive. Of course, the dream now is to be a world champion, but I also want to use the money I earn to help people less fortunate than myself. That’s something that’s always in the back of my head.”
Expect fireworks from the man who propelled himself to a bronze medal in whirlwind fashion last summer. Who knows? We could even see a Buatsi abroad…