Joshua Buatsi wins by knockout on Lomachenko vs Campbell undercard, but KO is controversial

31 Aug

Joshua Buatsi put on an impressive display and won by vicious knockout on Saturday night, but his opponent wasn’t happy with the finish.

Ryan Ford put up a tough test and lasted seven rounds against one of the UK’s top prospects, though eventually went down after a punishing onslaught.

Joshua Buatsi was always in control against Ryan Ford

However, replays showed that the decisive blow that saw the Canadian sink to the canvas came from a low shot and the beaten man complained about this in his post-fight interview.

The referee made nothing of Ford’s complaints and simply counted him out after he hit the deck.

Therefore, the result stood and Buatsi moved to 12-0 (10 KOs) regardless.

Ford protested the finish


Joshua Buatsi vs Marco Antonio Periban announced for Anthony Joshua’s undercard, June 1 in New York

24 May

Joshua Buatsi will look to secure his eleventh professional win against Marco Antonio Periban on June 1 in New York.

The British light-heavyweight champion will appear on the undercard of Anthony Joshua vs Andy Ruiz Jr at Madison Square Garden as he is signed to AJ’s management company.

Joshua Buatsi won bronze at the 2016 Olympics

His opponent Periban is known to British fans as he was stopped by James DeGale in 2014. He has not fought since losing a decision to Avni Yildirim in 2017.

“I’m excited to be in the United States for the first time,” said Buatsi.

“There is so much history here with this venue, the greats have fought here and to be able to say I’ve boxed at Madison Square Garden this early in my career is an honour.

“I’ve had a great camp in Miami and I can’t wait to get started and put on a fantastic performance for all the fans.”

Katie Taylor vs Delfine Persoon officially announced for Anthony Joshua undercard, June 1 in New York; Eddie Hearn details more plans

17 Apr

Katie Taylor will fight Delfine Persoon for the undisputed WBA, WBC, IBF and WBO lightweight world titles on Anthony Joshua’s undercard, June 1 in New York.

The 32-year-old will appear on the show alongside Callum Smith, Joshua Buatsi and Josh Kelly at Madison Square Garden.

Katie Taylor is currently in possession of three of the four major world titles

Taylor already held three of the lightweight belts and will now fight for the elusive final title to become undisputed ruler of her division.

The Ring Magazine crown will also be on the line – for only the second time in women’s boxing history.

“It’s great that she has finally signed for the fight and I’m delighted that Eddie has been able to make it,” Taylor said when the bout was announced.

“When I turned professional my first goal was to win a world title but then my next priority was to become undisputed champion so obviously this fight gives me the opportunity to do that so it’s massive for my career.

Katie Taylor wants to become undisputed champion in her 14th fight

“Women’s boxing is in such great place right now and these are the kind of super fights that will really take it to new heights.

“Persoon is recognised as one of the best in the world pound-for-pound and has been the WBC champ now for over five years so it’s the best against the best. Madison Square Garden seems like the perfect setting for a fight of this magnitude.”

Eddie Hearn told IFLTV that Tommy Coyle vs Chris Algieri will also be on the show, as well as Taylor, Smith, Buatsi and Kelly.

Top 11 British boxers yet to win a world title, including Dillian Whyte, Chris Eubank Jr and Joshua Buatsi

26 Mar

British boxing is undergoing a period of transition and uncertainty at present.

This transition has been brought on by multiple top level UK fighters drawing their careers to a close, while the uncertainty stems from those still active deciding to head to America in search of greater riches.

All world champions are excluded from this list, even if they’ve since lost their belts

Recently, to name but a few, the likes of David Haye, Tony Bellew, James DeGale and George Groves have retired, leaving the ring for good.

As well as this, boxers such as Anthony Joshua, Tyson Fury, Amir Khan and Callum Smith are all scheduled to have their first fights of 2019 in the States.

Therefore, have taken a look at some of the country’s best fighters who are yet to claim world title belts.

You can see the top ten ranking, below….



This ranking is based on a subjective mix of the following three criteria:

  1. Result – The fighters’ official results always stand
  2. Performance – The manner in which the fighters win or lose
  3. Résumé – The opponents beaten/minor titles won

10. Kid Galahad (26-0, Featherweight)

In his next fight, Kid Galahad will challenge Josh Warrington for the IBF featherweight title. Despite his earlier drugs ban, the awkward Sheffield man has built his way back up and last year defeated Toka Kahn Clary in a final eliminator to earn his shot.

9. Daniel Dubois (10-0, Heavyweight)

He may not yet have the deepest résumé, but Daniel Dubois’ performances in his first ten fights speak for themselves. The 21-year-old heavyweight is one of the country’s brightest prospects and recently blasted through former title challenger Razvan Cojanu in two rounds.

8. Joe Joyce (8-0, Heavyweight)

Within eight fights, Joe Joyce has put names such as Lenroy Thomas and Bermane Stiverne on his record, and won the Commonwealth title. While his performance last time out might not have been as scintillating as Daniel Dubois’, his slate of opponents beaten is enough to ensure a higher ranking.

=7. Anthony Yarde/Callum Johnson (18-0/18-1, Light-Heavyweights)

It’s tough to split Anthony Yarde and Callum Johnson at present as both have put on impressive performances over the past year. Yarde is unbeaten, but relatively untested, while Johnson suffered a loss in October, though this was admittedly at the highest level against Artur Beterbiev.

6. Dereck Chisora (29-9, Heavyweight)

The majority of this list will be prospects and contenders, however Dereck Chisora is one ageing war-horse who it would be unfair to leave out. Although the 35-year-old’s career is winding down, he proved last year against Carlos Takam and Dillian Whyte that he can still mix it at fringe world level.

5. Joshua Buatsi (10-0, Light-Heavyweight)

After just ten fights, Joshua Buatsi has claimed the British title and knocked out the likes of Liam Conroy and Renold Quinlan. He is yet to face top opposition, but it is the manner of the 26-year-old’s performances that has ensured him this lofty spot. He appears a truly special talent.

4. Luke Campbell (20-2, Lightweight)

In late 2017, Luke Campbell proved he can mix it at world level against Jorge Linares. He lost by split decision, but the Olympic gold medallist showed he’s worthy of another shot and recently avenged his defeat to Yvan Mendy to become WBC mandatory challenger.

3. Chris Eubank Jr (28-2, Super-Middleweight)

By beating James DeGale in February, Chris Eubank Jr finally achieved a career-defining win. Although he’s previously twice fallen short against top opposition, the Brighton man has looked devastating when facing those below world class. He must now attack the world champions once again.

2. Josh Taylor (14-0, Super-Lightweight)

On the verge of a world title opportunity, Josh Taylor seems a champion in waiting. The technical specialist put on a beautiful boxing display in his last bout against Ryan Martin, having earlier also beaten former world champions Viktor Postol and Miguel Vazquez.

1. Dillian Whyte (25-1, Heavyweight)

It was tough to split our top two, but Dillian Whyte just about has the edge at present. His wins over Lucas Browne, Dereck Chisora and most notably Joseph Parker last year have cemented his status as a top heavyweight contender. Although he was beaten by AJ, Whyte has bounced back and is now ready to take on the elite once again.

Honourable mentions:

Hughie Fury, Nathan Gorman, Lawrence Okolie, Craig Richards, John Ryder, Liam Williams, Anthony Fowler, Josh Kelly, Robbie Davies Jr, Jack Catterall, Lewis Ritson, Sam Bowen, Jordan Gill, Thomas Patrick Ward, Sunnny Edwards

Charlie Edwards, Joshua Buatsi and Lawrence Okolie result: Clean sweep for Brits at the Copper Box

24 Mar

Charlie Edwards, Joshua Buatsi and Lawrence Okolie recorded victories on Saturday night in London.

The UK trio were heavy favourites heading into their bouts and lived up to expectations as all three came through unscathed.

Charlie Edwards retained the WBC flyweight crown

Edwards headlined the night in the first defence of his WBC flyweight world title against the game – but ultimately overmatched – Angel Moreno.

The Spanish challenger’s wild tactics proved futile in the face of the Brit world champ, as Charlie Edwards picked him off at will with precise counter-punches.

An eighth-round knockdown only widened the margin of victory as the three scoring judges all had Charlie Edwards winning every round with final scores of 120-107, 120-107, 120-107.

There are big things expected of Joshua Buatsi

Earlier in the night, Joshua Buatsi knocked out Liam Conroy in three rounds to win the British light-heavyweight title.

The Olympic bronze medallist moved to 10-0 (8 KOs) with another clinical performance and another early stoppage.

Buatsi showed brutal finishing instinct, initially bludgeoning Conroy to the floor with a left uppercut before ending the bout with a ruthless straight right hand after his opponent briefly made it back to his feet.

Lawrence Okolie had too much for Wadi Camacho

Also on the card, Lawrence Okolie stopped Wadi Camacho in four to unify the British and Commonwealth cruiserweight belts.

It wasn’t entirely pretty as Okolie’s fights rarely are, but yet again the awkward power-puncher got the job done and remained unbeaten, now 12-0 (9 KOs).

Having overcome a rough moment in the third round, the eventual victor came straight out on the front foot. His combination of hooks forced Camacho to take a knee and, when he arose, the ‘Sauce’ pounced to finish the fight with a straight right.

In additional action, Lewis Ritson beat German Benitez by decision and Shannon Courtenay won her pro debut.

Charlie Edwards, Joshua Buatsi and Lawrence Okolie LIVE: How to stream fight, UK start time and full undercard details

21 Mar

Charlie Edwards will make the first defence of his WBC flyweight world title against Angel Moreno on Saturday night.

The 26-year-old claimed his belt with an impressive decision win over Cristofer Rosales in December and is now ready to return to the ring.

Charlie Edwards is 14-1 (6 KOs)

Rising prospects Joshua Buatsi and Lawrence Okolie will also be on the show in British title bouts.

Buatsi faces Liam Conroy for the vacant domestic light-heavyweight belt while Okolie defends his UK crown against Wadi Camacho.

Charlie Edwards, Joshua Buatsi and Lawrence Okolie: When and where are the fights?

The fights will take place on Saturday, March 23.

London’s Copper Box Arena is set to host the event.

Charlie Edwards, Joshua Buatsi and Lawrence Okolie: Which TV channel is it on and can I live stream it?

Edwards, Buatsi and Okolie will be shown live on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Arena.

It will be free to view for Sky customers. Non-Sky subscribers can still watch by purchasing a NOW TV pass from £7.99.

Lawrence Okolie is 11-0 (8 KOs)

Charlie Edwards, Joshua Buatsi and Lawrence Okolie: Who is on the undercard?

  • Charlie Edwards vs Angel Moreno (WBC Flyweight Title)
  • Joshua Buatsi vs Liam Conroy (British Light-Heavyweight Title)
  • Lawrence Okolie vs Wadi Camacho (British and Commonwealth Cruiserweight Titles)
  • Lewis Ritson vs German Argentino Benitez (Super-Lightweight)
  • Jason Quigley vs Mathias Eklund (Middleweight)
  • Shannon Courtenay vs Cristina Busuioc (Bantamweight)
  • Sean McGoldrick vs Sean Cairns (Bantamweight)
  • Lewis Syrett vs Danail Stoyanov (Middleweight)
  • Tom Ansell vs Chris Adaway (Super-Lightweight)
Joshua Buatsi is 9-0 (7 KOs)

Charlie Edwards, Joshua Buatsi and Lawrence Okolie: What is the UK start time?

Sky Sports will have full coverage of the whole evening from 7:00pm while the main event is expected at around 10:00pm/10:30pm.

Eddie Hearn details undercard plans for Anthony Joshua vs Jarrell Miller including Kell Brook

20 Mar

Eddie Hearn is planning a busy night of boxing when Anthony Joshua fights Jarrell Miller on June 1.

The undercard at Madison Square Garden in New York is likely to feature Katie Taylor’s undisputed title fight against Delfine Persoon, as well as a host of other names.

Eddie Hearn is Anthony Joshua’s promoter

Eddie Hearn has given a comprehensive update on the show to IFLTV and you can read his summary for each potential fight below.

Katie Taylor vs Delfine Persoon

“I’m trying to make that fight for that date. We have a deal in principle, it’s just whether they sign a contract. Everything’s agreed.”

Chris Algieri vs Tommy Coyle

“It’s looking very likely, Algieri vs Coyle.”

Callum Smith

“Possibly, [it’s] more likely May 18 at the moment on the Usyk card. Just a voluntary defence, we’ve got a few guys in mind. It’d be the first of quite a quick schedule for Callum Smith. I want him to box three times this year. I want him to box May 18, then August or first week of September and then December.”

Kell Brook

“Very likely. Yes, basically. Sorting out [his opponent] at the moment.”

Joshua Buatsi

“We’ll see how he gets on on Saturday. I would love Buatsi to box on that card, but he’s very meticulous in his preparations so he wants to see how he feels after Saturday and he’s got to win on Saturday.

Josh Kelly

“Josh Kelly will box on that card, obviously he’s fighting April 20 and a big step up planned for MSG.”

You can watch the full IFLTV interview with Eddie Hearn below.