Buatsi & Richards Collide In Huge
Light Heavyweight Clash On May 21
Joshua Buatsi will face former World Title challenger Craig
Richards in a huge all London Light-Heavyweight clash on
Saturday May 21, live worldwide on DAZN (excluding New
Zealand and Australia).
Croydon’s Buatsi (15-0, 13 KOs) scored his tenth knockout in
a row when he stopped Latvia’s Ricards Bolotniks in the
eleventh round of their WBA Light-Heavyweight World Title
Eliminator on the third and final week of Matchroom Fight
Camp in August.
The 29-year-old was set to face Russia’s former World Title
challenger Maxim Vlasov on the undercard of Joseph Parker’s
rematch with Derek Chisora at the AO Arena in Manchester in
December before suffering a hand injury.
Crystal Palace’s former British Light-Heavyweight Champion
Richards (17-2-1, 10 KOs) put in a spirited display as he
pushed WBA Light-Heavyweight World Champion Dmitry Bivol all
the way in his first World Title attempt in May 2021.
‘Spider’ returned to winning ways at The O2 last October on
the Cameron vs. McGee undercard, impressively stopping
Poland’s Marek Matyja in six rounds to earn the vacant WBA
International Light-Heavyweight Title.
“Two London boys coming together, it’s going to be a huge
night,” said Buatsi. “The Light-Heavyweight scene in this
country is thriving and I’m glad that we are able to get one
of the biggest fights made. The crowd are going to be in for
a treat. I am coming to win and nothing else, I am sure
Richards is doing the same. He had a close fight with Bivol
so will want to make things straight, but I have other
plans. Win well and then push onto the World Title by any
“We’re two top tier fighters from the UK,” said Richards.
“This is one of the biggest London domestic clashes for a
long time. This is a very exciting fight for us both, but
also one the fans will enjoy. Buatsi has got his plans and
I’m sure he be well prepared, but nobody is going to stop me
from fulfilling my destiny of becoming a World Champion! He
is a solid competitor and will be coming to win, but I am
confident and believe I have the tools to get the job done.
I proved myself at world level and I’m eager to prove that’s
where I belong.”
“A big well done and thank you to Joshua and Craig for
taking this fight, it’s exactly the kind of fight boxing
should be making,” said Eddie Hearn, Matchroom Sport
Chairman. “Two domestic Light-Heavyweights on the verge of a
World Title shot decide to put it on the line rather than
wait in a queue, giving us a fantastic battle of London that
can only be a thriller."
“Who doesn’t love a big domestic dust up? And this certainly
fits that description, what a fantastic fight this is set to
be,” said Ed Breeze, EVP Rights at DAZN. “With an electric
Light-Heavyweight scene in the UK, Joshua Buatsi will face a
big test on May 21 against former World Title challenger
Craig Richards. This will be all out action from start to
finish, all live and exclusively on DAZN.”
*Venue to be confirmed tomorrow at launch press conference