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Who is next for Joshua Buatsi after beating Daniel Dos Santos?
May 17, 2021
If there was a second to explain Joshua Buatsi then it was illustrated throughout his vicious knockout of Daniel Dos Santos on Saturday.
Buatsi carries the mantra ‘Simply Enterprise’ and as he landed a devastating proper hand to drop Dos Santos to the canvas, the Londoner was apologetic in direction of the Frenchman after following up with one other highly effective blow, purely out of intuition, as he closed the present emphatically within the fourth spherical on the AO Area, Manchester.
The 28-year-old dominated the beforehand undefeated Dos Santos (15-1, 8 KOs) all through the 4 rounds, knocking him down within the second as he cruised to a 14th straight skilled victory.
A predatory finisher contained in the ropes, Buatsi (14-0, 12 KOs) despatched out a warning of his potential, regardless of maybe not studying an excessive amount of from a completely outmatched foe.
Nonetheless, he prevented the kind of high-profile upset which has been seen commonly for the reason that New Yr, with Josh Warrington’s defeat to the unheralded Mauricio Lara a reminder of the risk an underdog brings, regardless of being seen as unknown portions.
Buatsi’s perspective exterior of the ring was additionally to be admired, foregoing any celebrations as his opponent acquired oxygen, earlier than rising to his ft after a number of minutes.
The 2016 Olympic bronze medalist consoled the devastated Dos Santos as quickly as the chance arose and was seen comforting him inside his dressing room.
The Brit made a sixth defence of his WBA Worldwide Gentle Heavyweight crown and secured his first victory since linking up with new coach Virgil Hunter in March.
Hunter shall be seeking to lead his new cost to world title glory, a lot in the identical vein he guided former undefeated, pound-for-pound star Andre Ward to success at Tremendous Middleweight and Gentle Heavyweight.
Promoter Eddie Hearn revealed post-fight that Buatsi could be combating on both July 17 in America or on July 24 or July 31 on the second version of Combat Camp from the backyard of Matchroom’s Headquarters towards a fringe world degree opponent to organize him for a future shot at WBA champion, Dmitry Bivol, who he’s simply behind within the rankings at #2.
“Bivol is the extent of the fellows that he must beat to change into world champion,” Hearn informed Sky Sports activities.
“I consider he can beat Dmitry Bivol, however we have to discover that center floor between Dos Santos and Dmitry Bivol.”
So who may Buatsi face in the summertime?
If Buatsi returns within the USA on July 17, Marcus Browne may very well be the step-up he’s on the lookout for.
Browne (24-1, 16 KOs) has a standout win over former world champion, Badou Jack on his file and has a sole technical determination loss to a different former world champion in Jean Pascal after their conflict in August 2019 was halted as a result of New York native struggling a nasty reduce.
The 30-year-old is a skilful, southpaw operator who has competed at a a lot larger degree than Buatsi and ended a interval of inactivity with a unanimous determination win over Denis Grachev in April.
Buatsi would mark a second look in America after making his bow on the undercard of Anthony Joshua’s shock loss to Andy Ruiz Jr at Madison Sq. Backyard in June 2019, giving him a chance to spice up his profile stateside.
Browne is ranked above the Brit at #2 with the WBC in pursuit of unified IBF/WBC titlist, Artur Beterbiev, however is rated at #7 with the WBA with ‘JB’ at #2.
A possible assembly may very well be sanctioned as a world title eliminator by both governing physique and with Browne tied to Al Haymon’s Premier Boxing Champions and combating on FOX, a deal must be reached with Matchroom Boxing.
One other fighter that might bridge the hole between world championship degree is Maxim Vlasov.
Vlasov (45-4, 26 KOs) pushed Joe Smith Jr all the way in which in April in a majority determination defeat for the WBO Gentle Heavyweight world title in Oklahoma.
The 34-year-old proved that he nonetheless has loads to supply to the division and would seem an ideal take a look at for ‘JB’ together with his expertise having been an expert since 2005.
The Russian stays highly-rated by the WBO at #4, with Buatsi sitting at #7 so a struggle between them would make sense if he wishes one other crack at a world title.
Vlasov is signed to Bob Arum’s Prime Rank that means that the struggle would both happen on ESPN or DAZN, the place Buatsi campaigns on.
Domestically the 175lbs division is prospering and Craig Richards would appear probably the most real looking choice presently.
Lyndon Arthur, Callum Johnson and Anthony Yarde are all within the combine, however all three are with Frank Warren’s Queensberry Promotions, complicating potential fights with Buatsi and Richards, who’re each signed to Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing.
As seen with Felix Money (Matchroom) and Denzel Bentley (Queensberry) cross promotional fights should not past the realms of chance, nevertheless on this case the struggle was ordered.
Richards (16-2-1, 9 KOs) on no account disgraced himself with a valiant try in his maiden world title shot towards Dmitry Bivol earlier this month, crushed on a unanimous determination.
’Spider’ proved he can compete with the elite and like Buatsi is maybe missing the expertise in the mean time. A gathering between them may make for a compelling all-British battle and a chance for Combat Camp, ought to each males be eager.
“Craig Richards, if that’s a struggle that may be made, that’s one that may definitely get completed as nicely,” Hearn added to Sky Sports activities.
The 31-year-old is rated at #5 presently with the WBA, that means the governing physique may sanction it as an eliminator for Bivol’s crown.
Fanlong Meng may very well be one other attractive choice and would appear a viable opponent earlier than closing on a world title alternative.
Unbeaten Meng (16-0, 10 KOs) was set to face Beterbiev previous to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, however Adam Deines stepped in to face the Russian in March, stopped in 10 rounds.
The 33-year-old, southpaw has huge novice expertise, having competed for China on the 2012 Olympics and has a notable win within the professionals over Frank Buglioni.
Meng, who’s ranked #1 with the IBF may bide his time for a shot at Beterbiev, who may very well be set for a unification with Joe Smith Jr or in any other case may very well be tempted by the fitting cash to face the Brit, who’s rated at #3, in a last eliminator.
Remark beneath who you’d wish to see Buatsi face subsequent.