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uatsi vs Richards – LIVE!

Joshua Buatsi extended his unbeaten professional record with a deserved points victory over Craig Richards at the O2 Arena.

It was an all-south London boxing affair and Buatsi took control of the bout from the opening round and swiftly opened up a wide advantage on the cards by the halfway stage.

Richards had his man rocked in the eighth and tried to force the issue, but Buatsi responded with a big right hand of his own as both looked unstead on their feet.

Going into the last round, Richards needed a stoppage and that proved beyond him as Buatsi was given the decision 116-112 by one judge and 115-113 by the other two.

Earlier in the night, Robbie Davies Jr was perhaps fortunate to get a points decision over Javier Molina, while Ellie Scotney cruised to an incredibly impressive points win over former world champion Maria Cecilia Roman.

Alen Babic and Adam Balski had a fight to remember, which somehow went the full ten rounds as Babic got the decision – he was knocked down just 20 seconds into the bout but recovered well. Chantelle Cameron had a far less eventful ten rounds as she eased to a points win.

Boxing schedule and results

Joshua Buatsi bt Craig Richards

Chantelle Cameron bt Victoria Moelia Bustos

Alen Babic bt Adam Balski

Ellie Scotney bt Maria Cecilia Roman

Robbie Davies Jr bt Javier Molina

Cheavon Clarke bt Pawel Martyniuk

Cyrus Pattinson bt Dimitri Trenei

John Hedges bt Robert Balturu

Shiloh Defreitas bt Iliyan Markov

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Buatsi moves on…

Joshua Buatsi won the battle of south London as he earned a deserved points victory over Craig Richards at the O2 Arena.

The 29-year-old extended his record to 16-0 and although he was taken the full 12 rounds for the first time in his professional career, Buatsi got the decision 116-112 on one card and 115-113 on the other two.

He’ll be hoping to move towards a shot at world level in the near future having come through the biggest test of his career, while Richards, who challenged for Dmitry Bi

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“Maximum respect to Spider, I can’t give him enough credit.”

Buatsi very complimentary towards Richards post-fight – there was a bit of tension between the pair in the build-up but they clearly have plenty of respect for each other.

What next? Buatsi wants a shot at a world title. As simple as that.

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Buatsi gets the decision!

116-111. 115-113. 115-113.

All in favour of Joshua Buatsi! Certainly deserved that. He holds up Richards’ hand, plenty of respect between the pair.

Really impressive from Buatsi, and he marches on.

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Buatsi vs Richards

Round 12

Touch of the gloves at the start of the final round. First time Buatsi has been taken this far.

He just needs to make it through these last three minutes to get the decision but there’s no sign of him moving around the ring.

Richards has got to up the pace here – he needs a stoppage in the next 90 seconds. He’s winding up the overhand right, Buatsi sees it coming every time though.

It’s Buatsi firing away in the final 30 seconds, but here comes Richards! They’re both going for it.

A sensational 12 rounds of action and a big embrace at the end. Both fighters come out of that with credit, but it will surely be Buatsi coming out with the win.

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Buatsi vs Richards

Round 11

Buatsi told by Virgil Hunter he needs to win the last two rounds. Definitely not the case, but he wants his man to keep coming forward.

Referee warns Buatsi after another low blow. He is still going for the big overhand right, leaving himself open as he does. Corner might regret telling him to go for it.

Richards throws a shot as the referee tells them to break – that will be a warning for him now.

Lovely right hand from Richards in the final seconds of the round, but it’s not enough at this stage.

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Buatsi vs Richards

Round 10

Richards’ corner want him throwing uppercuts on the inside. They’ll be feeling increasingly positive about how this is going.

Buatsi sets up the right hand with a couple of nice jabs, first big shot he’s landed in a while.

He’s working really well again to the body of Richards… and now to the head! Richards sent back onto the ropes! He’s saved by the referee, as Buatsi’s gumshield comes out and the fight is paused.

There is the right uppercut from Richards, Buatsi takes it well though. It’s burst back into life again.

Really enjoyable fight. Two rounds to go, Richards needs a knockdown at least.

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Buatsi vs Richards

Round 9

Buatsi is looking tired here, Richards certainly sensing his moment. Two overhand rights land, this is so much better.

That’s good from Buatsi though, takes a bit of control back with a lovely jab. Nowhere near the kind of consistency we saw earlier in the fight though.

Another solid round from Richards, who just about does enough to take it. 6-3 Buatsi?

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Buatsi vs Richards

Round 8

Time out called by the referee – talking to both of the fighters about low blows.

Tony Bellew has Buatsi winning every round so far. Richards might have just about managed one or two but certainly no more than that.

This has been better for him so far though, keeping the distance with his jab. Buatsi closes it with a right hand though, Richards fires in a couple of bodies shots on the inside.

AND NOW BUATSI LOOKS HURT! He’s desperately trying to hang on! His legs are stiff as Richards throws everything at him, this is his moment.

BUATSI LANDS A RIGHT OF HIS OWN! Where did that come from? Got himself out of real trouble and both stagger back to their corners.

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