sport news Joshua Buatsi edged Craig Richards thriller but still has work to do if Dmitry ... trends now

sport news Joshua Buatsi edged Craig Richards thriller but still has work to do if Dmitry ... trends now
sport news Joshua Buatsi edged Craig Richards thriller but still has work to do if Dmitry ... trends now

sport news Joshua Buatsi edged Craig Richards thriller but still has work to do if Dmitry ... trends now

Joshua Buatsi showed enough class and resolve to edge a thrilling South London scrap with Craig Richards, but if it's Dmitry Bivol next he still has work to do... the 175lbs juggernaut would have punished similar lapses in concentration Joshua Buatsi earned a unanimous decision win vs Craig Richards on Saturday  The 29-year-old got the better of an enthralling scrap with his South London rival Promoter Eddie Hearn says a world-title showdown could come next for him Yet, Buatsi still has work to do if he is to beat Dmitry Bivol or Artur Beterbiev Richards stiffened his legs on several occasions and gave him plenty of trouble Bivol or Beterbiev would have taken advantage of similar shortcomings

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It was Joshua Buatsi whose hand was raised as expected, but only at the end of an enthralling, swashbuckling slug-fest with Craig Richards inside a boisterous O2 Arena.

Buatsi, who has ambitions to go on from here and conquer the light-heavyweight division, seemed too quick and slick for Richards early on in this South London derby. His speed and timing was causing the latter problems and a potential shut-out was not beyond the realm of possibility.

That was before Richards turned the tables in the middle of the contest, derailing Buatsi's momentum and at one stage even leaving him out on his feet after stiffening his legs with a series of pinpoint blows. It served as a timely reminder for the pre-fight favourite that he still has plenty of work to do if he wants to mix it with Dmitry Bivol and Arturt Beterbiev, the division's top dogs.

Joshua Buatsi earned a unanimous decision win against Craig Richards on Saturday night

Joshua Buatsi earned a unanimous decision win against Craig Richards on Saturday night

There are many positives for Virgil Hunter, Buatsi's esteemed American trainer, to take from the display in what was undoubtedly the toughest test of his career to date. Richards is as game as they come, with a chin seemingly made of steel, and his nip-and-tuck points defeat against

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