Buatsi: “I am not in this game for easy fights.”
By Henry Walter
Saturday night will see the undefeated light-heavyweight hopeful Joshua Buatsi take on French contender Daniel Blenda Dos Santos.
Dos Santos, whilst also undefeated, is something of an unknown prospect. All but three of his fifteen wins have come against men with losing records and he has been forced to go the full distance on seven of those occasions.
Dos Santos may not have any big names on his record and the fact that he has not previously fought outside of his native France does raise some concerns, but he has comfortably beaten everyone put in front of him, scoring an impressive knockout last time out.
The fight will take place at the Manchester Arena on Eddie Hearn’s latest Matchroom card and Buatsi took part in a media call on Tuesday ahead of the fight to answer an array of questions regarding the contest.
Buatsi was asked whether he was looking for a longer fight, the Croydon boxer has never previously gone further than seven rounds in any of his previous thirteen bouts.
“It’s just about winning, that’s the important thing. I never go looking for a knockout. I will capitalise if I see vulnerability. I want to learn something from all my fights.”
It was suggested that Dos Santos might be an easier fight than Buatsi’s last outing, a tough bout against the previously unbeaten Marko Calic. Buatsi was keen to shrug off this suggestion.
“I am not going in there thinking this will be an easy night. I’ve prepared extremely hard.”
Buatsi has recently teamed up with highly regarded trainer, the American veteran Virgil Hunter and was full of praise for his new coach.
“He works well with my style of boxing. He’s a good teacher.”
Buatsi is one of several big names on the British light-heavyweight scene and some of the other big names in the division such as Anthony Yarde and Callum Johnson were inevitably brought up.
Buatsi did not attempt to duck away from questions regarding these fights and seemed very keen to be linked to the big fish in the division.
“There are some very good fights to be made down the line. Some big names in this division. I am not shying away from any big British fights.”
The major take away from the call was that Buatsi is taking the fight extremely seriously and is very keen to impress against an opponent who will be coming to win. Bigger tests may lie ahead for the talented Buatsi but the consummate professional will not let complacency slip into his game. He seems very determined to impress on Saturday night.
“The public haven’t yet seen how good I can be, or I will be.”