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Buatsi Open to Yarde Showdown as Bivol Bout Waits in the Wings

In a surprising twist, Joshua Buatsi, fresh off his victory against Dan Azeez, has expressed a willingness to risk his WBA light-heavyweight title shot to face domestic rival Anthony Yarde. Buatsi secured a future bout against Dmitry Bivol but is open to a showdown with Yarde, recognizing the potential delay due to Bivol’s upcoming clash with Artur Beterbiev on June 1.

While initially hesitant, Buatsi acknowledges the wait for a Bivol fight and is considering the option to face Yarde, a move that could see him inactive until next year. The Rio 2016 bronze medallist is keen to stay active and believes a bout against Yarde could bridge the gap between himself and the top light-heavyweights.

Buatsi shared his change of heart on White and Jordan, stating, “Initially I wasn’t entertaining it. But the reality is that he’s fighting Beterbiev in June, [and then there] could be a rematch, which there probably will be. And that means that the fight wouldn’t happen until the end of the first quarter of the year [2025]. That’s a long time to just hang about, which is what I’m not going to do, so I’m definitely entertaining the Yarde fight.”

As the boxing world awaits the outcome of Bivol vs. Beterbiev, Buatsi vs. Yarde could be the clash fans have been anticipating. With Yarde eyeing a third world title shot, the potential match-up holds significant intrigue and could provide Buatsi with an opportunity to make a statement in the light-heavyweight division.

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