Buatsi Stops Bolotniks In WBA Light
Heavyweight World Title Eliminator
12 x 3 mins WBA Light-Heavyweight World Title Eliminator
JOSHUA BUATSI WTKO11 (2:08) v RICARDS BOLOTNIKS
(Croydon, England) (Riga, Latvia)
Joshua Buatsi continued his march towards a World Title shot
with a stunning 11th round knockout win over Ricards
Bolotniks in their WBA Light-Heavyweight World Title
Eliminator on the third and final week of Matchroom Fight
Camp in Brentwood, Essex live worldwide on DAZN.
Last yearís MTK Global Golden Contract winner represented
the biggest test of Buatsiís career, but the Croydon man
passed the test impressively as he maintained his unbeaten
record, progressing to 15-0 (13 KOs).
ďMost importantly I have to thank God for the victory,
different fighters have different things that work for them,
I made it clear to you lot that thatís what works for me,"
Buatsi told DAZN. "In my changing room I donít need to hear
anything, donít tell me what I did in camp, tell me Josh is
written in the bible. Thatís what gears me up when I walk
down there, whatís written in the bible.
ďIím grateful man, Bolotniks big credit to him he pushed me.
I think he said Josh hasnít been past seven rounds before so
after seven weíll see. I was there until 11 and landed a
good shot. I worked every round, but I want to congratulate
him Ė heís a good champion.
ďWhen I sat down, I said, 'Buatsi who told you to empty the
tank, youíve got six left?' but Iíve worked hard. You see in
camp the sparring is hard man, big credit to my sparring
partners they know who they are. I do a hard six run then a
fresh one gets in so into the second half I said Iíve been
here: Iíve done it before Iíve been here many times in camp.
ďIíve got a great team, Iíve got a promoter that believes in
me, heís been pushing for fights like this because he knows
I can do it. Tonight, I went out there and showed people I
can do it, we just build from here.
ďWe all make sacrifices, I donít want to single myself out,
everyone sacrifices to be where they want to be in life. For
me, yeah, I sacrificed, Iím always away from my family and I
truly miss them but most importantly I want to get to the
top. I feel like Iím in the right team with the right
people, Iíve got a great promoter who gives me the
opportunities I need. Iíll keep sacrificing.Ē
10 x 3 mins International Lightweight Contest
JOE CORDINA WKO1 (0:53) v JOSHUAH HERNANDEZ
(Cardiff, Wales) (Chicago, USA)
Joe Cordina blew away Chicago's Joshuah Hernandez inside the
opening round to progress to 13-0 (8 KOs) and continue his
pursuit of a World Title opportunity.
'The Welsh Wizard' was intent on causing damage from the
opening bell, landing hurtful shots early on before dropping
Hernandez with a stunning right hand that he never recovered
ďChris Colbert went eight rounds with Hernandez and what I
watched of it, it was quite a tough fight for him," Cordina
told Matchroom. "I watched that fight and a couple others of
Hernadez and me and Tony came up with a game plan. We were
going through in the changing rooms, and it came off a
ďI had to prove a point, I said in an interview earlier in
the week that I donít take criticism from people I wouldnít
go to for advice. I donít really value many peopleís
opinions so yeah, itís one of those things, youíre going to
get people criticizing and itís whether you take it onboard
or not. A lot of people didnít take into consideration that
Iíd been out the ring for 16 months, had an operation of my
hand, we proved the point tonight and got him out of there
ďI always look to just get the win, box, if the knockout is
there, Iíll take it. As soon as he threw his first jab, I
knew he wasnít going to catch me with that, my sharpness of
feet and head movement would get me out of trouble. I
started putting my lead hand downstairs and whipping the
right hand over the top and I caught him the first time, I
knew he was a little bit wobbly. I didnít want to rush in
and try and get him out of there straight away, I knew if I
could catch him twice with it thereís going to be a third
time and I did exactly that. We got him out of there in
ďI was watching Fight Camp last year and there was no crowd,
but even when there wasnít a crowd it felt like there was a
massive atmosphere. When I saw the first Fight Camp week at
home, I thought, 'oh my god Iím fighting there in two weeks,
itís going to be amazing'. Iím glad that Iím able to tick it
of my list now.
ďEddie watched me in York Hall in 2009 and said, 'youíre
going to be a World Champion'. Itís nice to hear that but
Iíve got to keep improving, keep pushing on and proving him
right. I know Iíve got the ability to be a World Champion
very soon, but Iíve just got to keep winning. Iíve got the
ability to mix it with any of them, itís just about taking
those steps up the ladder to become a World Champion and
thatís what I plan on doing. Maybe have two weeks at home,
go back to the gym and see what I want to do with Tony.
ďI know people say it but if you speak to my S&C coach and
Tony this was probably one of the best camps Iíve ever had.
Thatís with the boxing, plus my S&C, everything just came
together. Donít get me wrong I had to be at home for my
new-born son but everythingís coming together now. Iím glad
I got the win tonight in great fashion and now itís time to
build on it.Ē
10 x 3 mins WBO Global Welterweight Title
MICHAEL MCKINSON WUD10 (99-91, 99-91, 98-92) v PRZEMYSLAW
(Portsmouth, England) (Slupsk, Poland)
Michael McKinson avoided a potential banana skin in
Przemyslaw Runowski as he outpointed the brave Pole after
ten rounds of skilful boxing from the Portsmouth man.
'The Problem', now 21-0 (2 KOs), dominated on the cards to
maintain his unbeaten record and retain his WBO Global
ďIím happy, that was easier than I thought it would be, I
didnít really get out of first gear,Ē McKinson told
Matchroom. ďI visibly hurt him a few times, but I boxed to
instructions and got the win. To be fair I didnít think he
won a round against me, but he was a tough guy. Him and his
team were very confident beforehand, I liked the energy they
brought all week, but I just had to show I was a level
above, and I was a few levels above Ė Iím happy.
ďThey keep giving me harder opposition, they keep telling me
itís a step up and Iím making it look easier and easier.
What people forget is Iím learning every day on the job as
well; Iím developing and who knows where I can be in a year
or twos time. Iím in a position where a lot of boxers dream
of being in, all I can do it stay focused, keep learning and
keep working my way to the top.
ďFirst time on the A side you know, not many people can say
theyíve boxed in Gibraltar and not many people can say
theyíve boxed in Eddieís back garden and done both this
year. I canít moan or complain, Iím really happy and
ď2021 and my career has just started, 21-0 and making it
look easy. I really want to keep stepping up, keep
challenging myself, keep having more and more tests. Iím
still learning but Iím learning quick and finding it easy
now. I want opponents that will make me step through the
gears, a few times I hurt him there like I can punch, I
donít need to, I boxed to instructions. I didnít really get
out of first gear.
ďI believe Iím the best 147 pounder in the country. I like
Conor, I get on well with him, but if he canít get them two
guys the Brooks or the Khans, Iím always here. Iíll fight
whoever they give me, Iíve never turned down a fight and
thatís a fact Ė I donít plan on turning down fights. I
really do believe in myself, and I believe in my development
as well. Iím going to be going to the top I promise you.
ďIím really happy for Liam Taylor because he never really
gets a fair ranking and heís a good fighter so Iím happy
heís got that opportunity. Iím not far behind, Iíd like the
winner, but Iíll fight whoever makes sense and whoever my
management team want to get me next Ė the answer is always
yes. That guy there I just beat took Josh Taylor to points
on short notice, he had a full camp against me, his team
were so confident talking to me in the hotel.
ďLike I said, I make their confidence fade round by round,
they donít call me ĎThe Problemí for no reason. I will carry
on being a problem as I step through the levels as the
opposition gets better, trust me.
ďJosh Kelly has got a lot of ability, heís a skilful
fighter, I like Josh Ė even after the Avanesyan defeat I
still think heís a top fighter. Florian Marku talks a lot
doesnít he, he didnít know who I was a few months ago on
social media on an interview, he said he didnít know who I
was. At least theyíre talking about me now, let him prove
himself because I donít think heís proved himself at a
decent level yet, not saying heís not a good fighter, but he
does need to prove himself as a fighter to be respected.
Good luck to all of them, I wish nothing but the best for
all my rivals, you know Iím here and Iíll fight anybody.
ďEven when we go back to proper arenas and stuff, wait till
we get hundreds and hundreds of Portsmouth fans loud and
proud. Iíve got great support and itís always growing; I
know thereís a lot of people that didnít come today but when
theyíre allowed everyone will see the Portsmouth fans.Ē
6 x 3 mins International Super-Bantamweight Contest
HOPEY PRICE WPTS6 (58-55) v CLAUDIO GRANDE
(Leeds, England) (Massa, Italy)
Hopey Price continued his ring education with a solid six
round points win over Claudio Grande. The 21-year-old from
Leeds was in control throughout and his dominance showed in
the final round when he floored the Italian with the last
punch of the fight. Grande made it to his feet but was
defeated 58-55 on the referee's card.
Price's fifth win in the pro ranks sets up a showdown with
Leeds rival Zahid Hussain (16-1, 2 KOs) on the huge Mauricio
Lara vs. Josh Warrington 2 show at the Emerald Headingley
Stadium on September 4.
ďIt was a good performance, considering I had six months
outside the ring, which for a young prospect like me isnít
ideal,Ē Price told Matchroom. ďYou can spar as much as you
want but itís not the same feeling as when youíre under the
lights. Now looking forward, Iíve got Leeds in three weeks,
thatís put me in very good stead Ė youíll see the best of me
in three weeksí time.
ďI remember Dave [Coldwell] shouting at me finish strong,
finish strong, and he was just coming in Ė what weíve been
working on in the gym Ė I felt like I was catching him with
that shot all fight and he just walked onto it lovely at the
end and he was gone.
ďIím not fighting these journeyman and people with losing
records, thatís a proper fight, heís 5-0, three knockouts,
Iím sure he wanted to be a star over there in Italy. He was
coming to win and was defeated, I put a stop to that and
gave him his first loss.
ďYou began to see it, itís been coming slowly but surely,
now over the next year or so youíll see the best of me.
ďI feel like Iím developing more as a fighter under Dave and
more as a man Ė big thanks to Danny Wilson at Boxing
Science, heís making me a lot stronger, and I think you saw
it there in the last ten seconds. Iím not just a young kid
that people can walk through.
ďI want to go right to the top. I donít want to be a World
Champion; I want to be a pound-for-pound star and Daveís the
man to take me there. Iíll keep listening, learning,
developing and I promise you I will get there one day.
ďI think fighting in Leeds on September 4 shows the
confidence and ability Ė and the confidence my team has in
me Ė to take a fight like that three weeks before and coming
through with flying colours, no injuries. Iím ready to go in
my hometown in front of 20,00 fans, Iíll steal the show
ďIím ready for Zahid Hussain, 100%, I was ready for it back
in September and the magic man didnít turn up. So, weíll see
this time if he comes and if he does, I promise Hopey Price
will come out the victor.
ďI said it from my second pro fight, I believe there are
levels to boxing and my boxing brain is one of the best in
Britain. I believe Iím levels above Zahid Hussain.Ē
10 x 3 mins vacant WBC International Bantamweight Title
KASH FAROOQ WUD10 (100-90, 100-90, 100-91) v LUIS GERARDO
(Glasgow, Scotland) (Jiqulipilco, Mexico)
Kash Farooq showed off his wide repertoire of skills to get
the better of Luis Gerardo Castillo and pick up the vacant
WBC International Bantamweight Title.
The Mexican fighter never stopped coming forward but he had
no answer for Farooq's frequent bursts. Scores from the
ringside judges were 100-90 x 2, and 100-91.
ďI boxed to the game plan, that was it, you want to get in
there and always entertain but I followed the game plan that
was it," Farooq told Matchroom. "I listened to my trainer,
and he just told me to box, you couldnít get any footage of
him, so I didnít know what he was about, I adapted on the
night and did what I had to do.
ďI showed tonight the other side of me that can box as well.
Heís not world class but itís a different side of my boxing
that I showed, he was tough and game. We didnít know what we
were up against.
ďIf you let anybody hit you, they can punch, he had a bit of
sting to his punches, but the name of the game is hit and
donít get hit and thatís what I did in this fight.
ďHe [Gerardo] canít speak and canít hear so itís something
different, people were saying heís come to win, and this was
going to change his life, these types of boys want to win
but he was up against me so Ė I wanted to win as much as he
ďThese boys are coming from nothing, some of them grew up in
poverty and itís a different lifestyle in Mexico Ė they
fight for a living to make their lives better. Itís either
me or him and it wasnít going to be me today.
ďIt was another learning fight for me, and Iíll progress
again, itís something I picked up Ė for me itís just about
developing and getting better. This is just another clinical
performance by me.
ďMy job is just to fight, and they tell me what route
theyíre going to go through. If I had a choice Iíd fight
[McGregor] but itís down to them and theyíll make the right
decision for me.
ďHe wants to fight just like I do but heís got managers
telling him what the best options are like I do as well. The
next few weeks my managers are going to sit down with Eddie
and discuss what the best options are and what route to go
down Ė if itís that one next then Iím more than happy to
ďIt is a big fight for Scotland, me and Lee can sell out the
SSE Hydro, if itís the right time and it has a good build
me, we can do it. Itís just me and him boxing each other.
ďFor me Iíll take a few days off but itís back to training.
When Iíll really take some time off is when I call it a day
and retire. Now Iíve still got levels to progress, go back
to the gym and work on things, itís a lifestyle in boxing
and it a short career, you donít know when retirement is
coming. For me Iím going to put everything into boxing for
the next few years of my life.Ē
10 x 3 mins vacant WBA Continental Featherweight Title
RAYMOND FORD WTKO3 (0:39) v REECE BELLOTTI
(New Jersey, USA) (Watford, England)
Raymond Ford earned his first title in the pro ranks by
stopping Reece Bellotti in three rounds to capture the
vacant WBA Continental Featherweight crown.
The New Jersey youngster promised to steal the show ahead of
his second fight in the UK and went some way to backing up
his pre fight prediction by turning in a savage performance.
The 22-year-old demonstrated why he is regarded as one of
the hottest prospects in US boxing as he took out Watford's
Bellotti with a quality attack in the third.
ďIn the third round I was going to start to box and slow it
down because I was throwing too many fast, hard shots to
hurt him early,Ē Ford told Matchroom. ďMy team told me to
settle down because we had ten rounds to go and then he came
on and ran into the shot. I knew if I didnít get him out of
there when I had him hurt, he was just going to be a tough
guy and keep coming forward. When I hit my shot, I had to
get him out of there.
ďIt feels great, one of my dreams that came true, the real
dream and goal is to get to these World Championship titles.
ďI knew that he [Bellotti] was kind of the bully and
everything so I wanted to beat the bully in the fight. I
heard a lot about his power, guys saying his power was up
there at the top, I just wanted to show I can be a bigger
bully and thatís what I did.
ďI said yesterday that I was going to handle the pressure. I
was just starting to warm up and settle in but the more the
fight would have went, the more you would have seen me
relaxed and be sharper. I was getting hit by some dumb shots
but that was because I was warming up and getting a feel of
everything Ė being back after five months.
ďI love it in the UK, all week people have been showing me
love so I want to come back and fight here again. I want to
be one the greatest to ever do it, not just in my division,
I just want to be the best and go down as a legend.
ďItís important to be patient but I feel like I have the
skills and I was blessed with the talents I have where I can
fight these top guys at a young age. I want to keep stepping
up and get these tougher fights.Ē
8 x 3 mins International Lightweight Contest
ZELFA BARRETT WRTD4 v VIOREL SIMION
(Manchester, England) (Lehliu Gară, Romania)
Zelfa Barrett stopped Romania's Viorel Simion in four rounds
to potentially set up a rematch with Kiko Martinez later
this year. The Manchester man dominated from the opening
bell, forcing Simion back with hurtful shots that were
landing at will.
ďIt was good to get back out there, a long layoff since
February, an active fighter is a god fighter,Ē Barrett told
Matchroom. ďAs you guys know, my mum passed away in June, so
weíve had a lot going on. I wanted to just go in there and
tear him apart, professionally, but they put the reigns on
me. Sometimes I was eager to go and wanted to unload on him,
but my uncle is the greatest coach, I just listened to what
he was saying. He was taking punishment and he didnít
continue the fight. I was putting more pressure on and
letting my hands go.
ďItís a thing of believing in yourself, I know Iíve got the
punch power and when you hit correct it hurts anybody. We
were working on it with the body pad before we came out and
the shots just landed, and he went down. The right body shot
would hurt any man, so it was about following what Iíve been
practicing in the changing rooms Ė good performance after a
ďThere are some good fighters on this card, I believe Iím
one of the best fighters in Britain aside your World
Champions, I believe it and I believe in myself otherwise I
wouldnít be here. That fight had to finish like that, if it
went 8 rounds, Iíd have to be questioning myself as a
fighter thatís going to be world champion.
ďHe wasnít able to continue, he quit, no disrespect to him
but he quit. Making a man quit is better than any knockout
because his brain hasnít shut down, the ref hasnít jumped
in, heís physically quit. Good little fight, good little
ďIím doing it for myself because I want to be a successful
man, thatís all I want to be, believe in God and God will
make that happen. Iíve got more motivation, my beautiful
daughter Amelia and my beautiful mum on me, my brother, and
my cousin Wayne, Iíve got three angels watching me. Onto the
next one now and thanks to everyone for watching.
ďIt was better than nothing, I would love to be on about 8
oíclock just looking out, it just brings something out of a
fighter that you didnít think you had. I donít know, I just
love it, you canít buy that, that feeling that you get,
thatís when Iíve had my best performances when there are
crowds, and I can feel their energy.
ďIíd love that fight [Kiko] in Manchester, I respect Kiko as
a person, heís a cool guy. He believed he won, I know I won,
the judges thought I won. We can run it again because I want
to, not because anyone else wants to, but because I want to.
We can run that again and Iíll look good doing it.
ďIíve just got to keep doing what Iím doing, donít get me
wrong the European Titles out there Iíd love to get, because
you know youíre ready for that jump. We canít cherry pick,
Eddieís a man who gives you opportunities and youíve got to
be ready. Iíd love a shot at the European, but now Iím just
going to rest, spend time with my beautiful daughter.
Daddyís a champ and Iím her champ, on to the next.Ē