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Joshua Buatsi is a British professional boxer born on 14 March 1993 in Accra, Ghana. After his family moved to the UK, they settled in Thornton Heath, south London. Buatsi attended Edenham High School and later pursued a degree in Management with Sports Science from St Mary’s University, Twickenham, while also pursuing a career as an amateur boxer.
In his amateur career, Buatsi achieved significant success, winning a bronze medal at the 2015 European Championships and representing Great Britain at the 2016 Olympics, where he reached the quarter-finals in the men’s light-heavyweight division.
Turning professional, Buatsi made his debut on 1 July 2017, with a knockout victory against Carlos Mena. He continued to excel in the early stages of his career, achieving several knockout victories and earning a reputation as an exciting prospect in the light-heavyweight division.
On 23 March 2019, Buatsi claimed the vacant British light-heavyweight title with a technical knockout victory over Liam Conroy at the Copper Box Arena in London.
Buatsi’s US debut came on the undercard of the Anthony Joshua vs. Andy Ruiz Jr. fight at Madison Square Garden, where he defeated Mexican veteran Marco Antonio Peribán within four rounds.
Continuing his winning streak, Buatsi faced and defeated Ryan Ford with a seventh-round stoppage.
On 15 May 2021, Buatsi scored a devastating knockout victory with a well-timed right hand in the fourth round against Daniel Dos Santos at the AO Arena in Manchester. He followed this up with another impressive victory, defeating Ričards Bolotņiks by knockout in the eleventh round as the main event on the final installment of Matchroom Boxing’s Fight Camp series.
For his last two fights, Buatsi has been trained by Virgil Hunter, the former trainer of Andre Ward, with both camps taking place at Virgil’s gym in California.
Managed by two-time world heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua, Buatsi’s career trajectory suggests he is a promising contender in the light-heavyweight division.