Joshua Buatsi has to go out and end this fight early. It’s a very simple concept that shouldn’t be a problem for an unbeaten prospect on an 8 fight winning streak. Anthony Joshua’s protege will be looking for a statement
On Saturday night the Olympic bronze medallist meets another opponent of minor pedigree. He is being managed cautiously by his Matchroom as he looks to build up his record. In his last fight against the unheralded Marko Calic, Buatsi looked to struggle in moments and despite the stoppage win he knew he had been in a fight.
There needs to be a marked improvement from the fighter compared to a young Evander Holyfield. He seems to have all of the tools to make it to the top but we need to see something different this weekend. He has been passing each test withflying colours so far but it may be time for a gut check.
Anthony Joshua’s Buatsi in the trenches
Can he maintain his composure and skill when he is being dragged into the trenches. I would love to see him matched against Lyndon Arthur or Anthony Yarde.
Since winning the British title there has been a clear disinterest to match him with other domestic fighters that could test him. Fighters do get brought along slowly in order to build them up and gain experience but step ups are needed. Daniel Dubois is a great example of this, going into his fight with Joe Joyce he was a heavy favourite.
He was being built up as the new Mike Tyson but he was going into the ring against a greatly experienced and fresh fighter. His lack of a hardened edge showed. He was outmanned and out thought by Joyce and couldn’t find the big shot that had served him so well. Buatsi needs to avoid this sort of mistake.
What Daniel Blenda Dos Santos will bring
Daniel Blenda Dos Santos is a decent level fighter but he is another opponent that Buatsi will be expected to stop. With a comprehensive victory this weekend Buatsi needs to start targeting the likes of Callum Johnson, Lyndon Arthur and myabe Anthony Yarde as well. Another unbeaten nobody is going to do nothing for his reputation.
He needs to take a leaf from the book of his mentor Anthony Joshua. AJ won his first world title just 16 points into his professional journey and has never looked back since. He also took on his eternal rival Dillian Whyte in his 15th fight and that is a victory which keeps looking better as time goes on.
Granted there aren’t many fighters on the planet with the sort of resume that AJ possesses but the competition is definitely there for Buatsi.
The expectation is for Buatsi to go on and compete at the top level. I have the utmost confidence that he will do that, however the time has come to test it. Does his power carry to world level, We know that Johnson’s and Yarde’s does.
I am always on the side of the British fighter and will be rooting for Buatsi on Saturday. I just hope next time there is an announcement for a Buatsi fight. That it is one I am excited to watch.