Olympic Bronze medallist, Joshua Buatsi, has signed a promotional deal with Matchroom Boxing and is set to make his professional debut at The O2 in London on July 1st.
Buatsi represented Team GB in last summer’s Rio Olympic Games, competing in the Light Heavyweight division and will now join fellow Rio Olympians; Joe Cordina, Josh Kelly and Anthony Fowler on the Matchroom roster.
Following his success in Rio, Buatsi returned to St. Mary’s University to complete his degree in Business Management and Sports Science. With his studies now complete, Buatsi is keen to get his professional career as a boxer underway.
“It’s been a long time coming,” said Buatsi. “I got the medal ten months ago, but I didn’t just disappear. After coming back from Rio, I needed to finish my degree and the get back into the gym. I’ve been in the gym for a few months now, my head is clear, I know what is next. I’ve made the right decision to team up with Eddie Hearn, Matchroom Boxing, and Sky Sports and I’m so excited for the journey.
“My Mum and Dad wanted me to finish my education, I came back from Rio and had a year left, I didn’t want to turn my back on university. Boxing has always been my plan A and university wasn’t a plan; it was something that I was able to do while boxing – but everything about me is boxing.
“It seems a long time ago that I was an amateur. This is the next stage, and there’s competition out there, everyone wants to be number one, we’re all hungry. The pro game is so different from the amateurs, you have to entertain, and it’s not a bed of roses. It’s a brutal sport, but I’ve prepared myself physically and mentally for it.
“It’s more of a fight in the pros. Two men fighting with smaller gloves and I think it will suit me, let your hands go, keep your hands up and don’t blink. I know I only have to concentrate on one guy in the pros, not the guy the following day – six rounds to get rid of someone and I know that I will get to them in that time.
“There’s a lot for me to learn but I’m eager and hungry to do just that. I feel I have to prove myself and go and grab everything with both hands, that’s my mentality so let the show begin.”
Hearn plans to box Buatsi all over Britain with eight fights pencilled in for his first year as a pro, and the promoter was delighted to add Buatsi to his stacked roster of Britain’s biggest boxing talents.
Head of Matchroom Boxing, Eddie Hearn, is delighted to have snatched Buatsi from the hands of a number of rival promoters and plans to get the Olympian a slot on at least eight cards in the next twelve months.
“I’m delighted to be promoting Joshua,” Hearn said. “Three and a half years ago we were in the same room on the start of Anthony Joshua’s journey, and I feel that we’re at the start of the road for another outstanding talent in Joshua Buatsi. Everyone in boxing knows the talent and ability he has and now it’s time to show that to a wider audience.”