11.3 C
London
Thursday, February 2, 2023

Joshua Buatsi wins narrow decision over Craig Richards in WBA world title eliminator – South London News

Must read

What is Eddie Murphy’s net worth? Is he a billionaire?

Eddie Murphy's net worth makes the Beverly Hills agent actor a debatable name in the league of Hollywood's wealthiest actors. However, Murphy has...

Will Smith and Martin Lawrence have officially confirmed that the movie Bad Boys 4 will be released

Will Smith and Martin Lawrence, the main stars of the franchise, have officially announced Bad Boys 4 on Instagram. The direction is in...

The co-founders of Go1 are in the running to become EY’s Entrepreneur Of The Year

Consulting giant Ernst & Young has named seven Australian finalists in its annual EY Entrepreneur Of The Year awards. The included Chris Eigeland and Andrew...

Microsoft launches Teams Premium with features powered by OpenAI

Microsoft Teams Premium is now available with features powered by OpenAI's GPT-3.5 AI language model. The new premium tier of Microsoft Teams includes...
Shreya Christinahttps://londonbusinessblog.com
Shreya has been with londonbusinessblog.com for 3 years, writing copy for client websites, blog posts, EDMs and other mediums to engage readers and encourage action. By collaborating with clients, our SEO manager and the wider londonbusinessblog.com team, Shreya seeks to understand an audience before creating memorable, persuasive copy.

Joshua Buatsi won the battle of South London’s two leading light-heavyweights as he won a narrow – but unanimous – points decision over Craig Richards at Greenwich’s 02 Arena tonight.

The Olympic bronze medallist, from Croydon, was a heavy betting favourite going into the contest.

But Crystal Palace’s Richards pushed Buatsi all the way in an engrossing and punishing bout.

One judge scored it 116-112 for Buatsi but the other two both marked it 115-113, meaning that Buatsi shaded it by just two rounds on their scorecards.

The victor moves to 16-0 and while a rematch would be appealing for the public after such a gripping clash, he indicated in his post-fight interview that he was hoping to challenge for a world title next.

Highly-ranked by all the major governing bodies – and this was billed as an eliminator for the WBA world title – but the reality is that a shot at one of the champions might still be a little way off. WBA belt-holder Dmitry Bivol looks set to rematch Canelo Alvarez after beating the Mexican great recently.

Matchroom Boxing Joshua Buatsi v Craig Richards :WBA World Light-Heavyweight Title Eliminator , The O2 Arena, London, 21 May 2022
Picture : Keith Gillard

Many of the rounds were difficult to score with Buatsi producing the cleaner landing shots – forcing Richards to the ropes and sending his dreadlocks spraying. But the former amateur star, whose progression in the paid ranks has not been as rapid as expected, fought in spurts.

The eighth was epic. Richards appeared to hurt Buatsi with a big uppercut and is sparked the pair into heavy exchanges before the bell sounded. The ninth was a more sedate affair, no surprise after the amount of punches thrown by the pair before that.

Richards could well reflect tomorrow morning on whether he started fast enough. He seemed overly respectful and if he had forced the pace more at that stage then that could have made things even more interesting.

Both boxers deserved huge credit. Not only for being prepared to face each other but also pushing themselves to the limit.

Richards suffered a third career reverse but, as with the defeats to Bivol and Frank Buglioni, he still enhanced his reputation as a bonafide world level operator.

Matchroom Boxing Joshua Buatsi v Craig Richards :
WBA World Light-Heavyweight Title Eliminator
, The O2 Arena, London, 21 May 2022
Picture : Keith Gillard

More articles

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Latest article

What is Eddie Murphy’s net worth? Is he a billionaire?

Eddie Murphy's net worth makes the Beverly Hills agent actor a debatable name in the league of Hollywood's wealthiest actors. However, Murphy has...

Will Smith and Martin Lawrence have officially confirmed that the movie Bad Boys 4 will be released

Will Smith and Martin Lawrence, the main stars of the franchise, have officially announced Bad Boys 4 on Instagram. The direction is in...

The co-founders of Go1 are in the running to become EY’s Entrepreneur Of The Year

Consulting giant Ernst & Young has named seven Australian finalists in its annual EY Entrepreneur Of The Year awards. The included Chris Eigeland and Andrew...

Microsoft launches Teams Premium with features powered by OpenAI

Microsoft Teams Premium is now available with features powered by OpenAI's GPT-3.5 AI language model. The new premium tier of Microsoft Teams includes...