What Could Be Next for Joshua Buatsi After Hard-Fought Win Over Dan Azeez?
On Saturday, February 3, Joshua Buatsi (18-0, 13 KOs) recorded a dramatic unanimous decision victory over Dan Azeez (20-1, 13 KOs). Big Fight Weekend tipped Buatsi to defeat “Super” on points, with the by-numbers breakdown supporting the notion the Ghanaian born fighter was the favourite for the bout. After this vital win for Buatsi, attention now turns to what comes next for him.
The Future for Joshua Buatsi
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Recap of Joshua Buatsi vs. Dan Azeez
Both fighters attempted to establish their jab early, with Buatsi landing some smart combinations while Azeez had some success with the overhand right when up close. In the middle rounds, both fighters stood their ground and threw some heavy shots, giving success to both boxers.
As the fight wore on, Azeez closed the distance and did some good work inside, which ensured the fight was close enough as we entered the final two rounds. Round 11 was ultimately the deciding factor – as the Croydon fighter floored his opponent twice, despite the second seeming like a slip. The judge’s scorecards read 116-110 and 117-109 x2 in favour of Buatsi.
A fight between Buatsi and Anthony Yarde (24-3, 23 KOs) would undoubtedly grab the attention of the British boxing public. Yarde has mixed at a higher level, sharing the ring with Artur Beterbiev and Sergey Kovalev. When asked in the buildup to the Azeez fight, Buatsi answered to the KO threat from Yarde: “Please write everything I’m saying here, but specifically put this in bold – I don’t care about Yarde now.”
Hear Dan Rafael and T.J. Rives breakdown Buatsi’s win and what his short term future might look like on our “Fight Freaks Unite Recap Podcast” by clicking play below,
Yarde is an extremely powerful and agile puncher who can KO any opponent. His power gave Beterbiev problems during their fight. “Just Business” will have to control the distance like he did against “Super,” countering effectively – while working the body.
Oleksandr Gvozdyk (20-1, 16 KOs) would be a step up in class for Buatsi, with the Ukrainian’s only defeat coming by a tenth-round TKO against Beterbiev in a close-fought fight.
Gvozyk is a great body puncher, adept at throwing combinations while controlling the distance. He has an impressive gas tank and works well off the jab, ensuring the counter-punching of Buatsi would have to be at its very best, but a fight between the Brit and the Ukrainian would provide plenty of fireworks.