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Joshua Buatsi and Dan Azeez Refuse Handshake on ‘The Gloves Are Off’

Joshua Buatsi and Dan Azeez Refuse Handshake on ‘The Gloves Are Off'

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Joshua Buatsi and Dan Azeez Refuse Handshake on ‘The Gloves Are Off’

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Joshua Buatsi and Dan Azeez Refuse Handshake on ‘The Gloves Are Off’

British light heavyweights Joshua Buatsi (17-0, 13 KOs) and Dan Azeez (20-0, 13 KOs) refused to shake hands in their appearance on “The Gloves Are Off” ahead of their Feb. 3 matchup.

The two will finally meet in the main event of a card at the Wembley Arena in London, England. Sky Sports will broadcast Buatsi-Azeez for those in the United Kingdom. Viewers in the United States can catch the action on Peacock.

Joshua Buatsi vs. Dan Azeez ‘The Gloves Are Off’

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Buatsi to Finally Face Azeez

The original date for Buatsi-Azeez was last year on October 21. However, a back injury to Azeez meant postponing the clash. With both fighters now fit, the bout is all set to go ahead. Before the two eventually meet in the ring this Saturday, they spoke to each other in a segment of “The Gloves Are Off.”

The only rattling feeling I’ve got is for Saturday,” said Buatsi when asked if he was rattled about facing Azeez. “If I’m rattled, so be it, for Saturday.”

Desire and motivation don’t change,” said Azeez when asked if he is fuelled by allegations from Buatsi over “faking” his injury. “I got a job to do on Saturday, regardless whether he thinks I’m faking this or whatever. I still got a job to do.”

The two light heavyweights refused to shake hands at the conclusion of the segment, with Buatsi saying he would only do so after their clash. Azeez was in agreement, and they both faced off without a handshake.

Big Fight Weekend Prediction

Buatsi is the favourite to come out on top, but make no mistake – this is a solid clash. Two undefeated light heavyweights competing for the British and Commonwealth titles. Buatsi is the younger man and has a more impressive amateur background. On the other hand, Azeez has more experience in the professional ranks and has been more active over the last two years.

With all that being said – Big Fight Weekend is predicting Buatsi to win via unanimous decision. We believe his overall skillset should be enough to help him get over the line. However, Azeez will be no pushover, and Buatsi will need to be at his very best to overcome this challenge.

Buatsi-Azeez: The Gloves Are Off

For the full “The Gloves Are Off” segment, click here or the play button below. Video courtesy of Sky Sports Boxing.

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Currently writing out of Toronto, Canada, Saadeq first became a boxing fan while living in Doha, Qatar. Looking to become more involved in the sport, he began writing about boxing and has had work published in outlets such as Seconds Out and Boxing Social. He looks forward to continue covering boxing on Big Fight Weekend.

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