Buatsi vs. Richards Press Conference Quotes
Eddie Hearn, Matchroom Sport Chairman:
ďWelcome to London, a huge press conference for a fantastic
fight. I say Domestic fight, but also a fight that has such
huge ramifications for the world 175lbs scene.
ďJoshua Buatsi, Olympic bronze medallist against Craig
Richards, a man whoís won British Titles, challenged for the
World Title as well. This is a kind of fight that gets me
excited, this is the kind of fight that seems so obvious.
Two brilliant Domestic fighters but also two world class
fighters as well.
ďA World Title challenger in Craig Richards and a man that
many believe is destined for greatness at 175lbs. I want to
thank to teams of both fighters; you need to understand
these guys know each other. One from Croydon and one from
Crystal Palace, a stoneís throw from each other and theyíve
known each other for many years.
ďSometimes in boxing they donít want to make these fights,
trainers, managers, advisors, fighters - 'weíll wait for our
World Title shot'. You need to stop waiting, fighters out
there that are queuing up for a World Title shot that is not
imminent, donít stall your career when you could be involved
in brilliant fights, fights that could take your career to
another level. Thatís what weíve got May 21 in London.Ē
ďA few months ago, I sat in your [Eddieís] office and said
get me these fights, thereís good Light-Heavyweights in the
country so itís good to mix it with one of them. As fighters
you go to shows and watch, when thereís a main event with a
buzz you think I wish I was in there. Iíve got mine now, for
me itísí now just preparing for May 21, Spider will bring
his A game but Iím ready.
ďI wouldnít dub it as the hardest test, for me, itís just
the most important fight in my career right now. Itís the
next fight, the fight I must win, last time with Bolotniks
but this time itís Spider. Iíll prepared as diligently as I
do, come May 21 Iíll be ready.
ďI have to thank Matchroom and Spiderís team, also my team,
for making this fight happen. Fighters can tend to wait for
the opportunity, for me currently itís looking a bit tricky,
but Iíve got a good fight and thatís what Iím concentrating
ďI think that [Canelo] makes this a big fight for me, makes
it even more important. I know what is at stake, what the
reward is and thatís what I said when I was in Arizona. Iíll
fight these guys as long as I know whatís next. This may
lead to a World Title fight next so for me, Iím easy, no
matter who it is Iím prepared.
ďIím at the point where I want to fight these guys, I want
to get into these big fights. May 21 is the first stop and
when we handle that, we deal with whoever is next.Ē
ďThis is nothing new, outside Iím cool and calm probably
like a lot of boxers but when Iím in that ring I know what
time it is. I know what I need to do, and the situation is,
nice guys come last and thatís what it is in the ring.
Outside the ring be how you want to be, but in that ring, I
know what I have to do. In May Iíll be ready.Ē
ďI think this was a fight that was always going to be in the
pipeline, I believed I was going to get to world level, I
believed he [Buatsi] was obviously destined for world level
as well so we knew our paths would cross at some point. Itís
a good clash.
ďFor myself, I want to get back into the mix, challenge and
win a World Title. I think this is the bridge to cross to
make that happen today.
ďObviously Iíve been thrown in the deep end a few times and
Iíve just been swimming and swimming. I have no regrets
because thatís what has put me in this position today, Iíve
had a lot of domestic clashes, grudge matches and cross path
fights. Thatís all built my experience and ability to be
confident enough to go in to win and win on May 21.
ďI believe if I didnít have those fights, it would be a
harder fight, if this fight was scheduled without the
experience. Iím ready to go, thatís whatís made me
confident, Iím seeing the growth in myself every fight and
every week, every day in gym. Iím just looking forward to
going out and perform, showing that experience of the hard
ďIf you look at the titles Iíve won at Light-Heavyweight, I
think three of the fights I was the underdog in those. When
I beat Jake Ball, I was a massive underdog, they wrote me
off and I went out there, delivered and got the knockout. My
last title fight I was the favourite, but it didnít mean
anything different, I went out and delivered. If the bookies
want to sleep on me thatís up to them. The same person is in
front of me, Iím not interested in the bookies or what
people say, Iíve got a job to do, and Iíll deliver.
ďJosh is going to the gym to iron out all of his flaws fight
by fight, what I have seen is that he showed heart and grit.
I know heís got the will to win, and he will come to win.
Like the other unbeaten fighters Iíve faced, more
importantly, theyíve more will to win. I know he isnít going
to come out and lie down, thatís for me to go and prepare to
make sure I get the task done.
ďHeís not a stupid guy, heís very intelligent, heís not
silly enough to just gas himself up saying yeah, Iím going
to walk over Richards. I know heís going to be preparing
very hard, heís going to invest in his camp and preparing
diligently for me.
ďIím not going to be looking at him thinking this is a walk
over, Iíll be preparing just as hard if not harder for him.
We both know weíre in for a solid fight May 21 and I donít
anyoneís sleeping in each other. I believe weíll both be
well prepared and bringing out A games May 21.
ďI think Iíve got the capabilities to win in any way, the
most important thing is to prepare all-round the board. Iíve
got to be prepared for everything, at this level you canít
just say Iím going to win it by a jab or closing him down.
Youíve got prepare for Plan A, B, C or D, you might have to
get rough and ready or box and be clever. It all depends on
the night, youíve just got to make sure youíve prepared,
have all your game plans and be fit, ready and strong. On
the night just make it happen, listen to your team most
importantly and execute what you need to win the fight."