Joshua Buatsi continues his climb towards a world title shot this weekend when he takes on Pawel Stepien in Birmingham.
Buatsi is the number one rated light heavyweight with the WBA and has won all 16 of his fights since turning pro, but Stepien is also undefeated and will provide the former Olympian with one of the toughest tests of his career to date.
Here’s everything you need to know about a top night of boxing in the Second City.
Where: Genting Arena, Birmingham, United Kingdom
When: Saturday, May 6th
How To Watch: Sky Sports. The main card will get underway at 7pm BST and ringwalks for Buatsi vs Stepien are expected at approximately 10pm.
Tale Of The Tape:
Place Of Birth: Accra, Ghana
Residence: Croydon, London, United Kingdom
Alias: Just Business
Record: 16-0 (13)
Last Fight: Buatsi claimed a unanimous decision win over Craig Richards, 17-3-1 (10), at the O2 Arena last May.
Place Of Birth: Szczecin, Poland
Residence: Szczecin, Poland
Record: 18-0-1 (12)
Last Fight: Stepien beat Georgia’s Iago Kiziria, 6-7 (5), by unanimous decision in Mragowo, Poland in August.
What They Say:
Buatsi: Every time I step in the aim is to be dominant. It’s always my aim. That’s the sport that we’re in.
“I’m not much of a trashtalker. I’m quite aware that when I get in the ring this is my time to actually make a statement.
“I’m very much aware that when it’s time to fight I always have to show up.” [Sky Sports]
Full Fight Card:
Joshua Buatsi v Pawel Stepien, light heavyweight
Sean McComb v Kaisee Benjamin, WBO European super lightweight title
Lauren Price v Kirstie Bavington, BBBofC British welterweight title
Tyler Denny v Macaulay McGowan, middleweight
Cori Gibbs v Jimmy First, lightweight
Shakan Pitters v Joel McIntyre, light heavyweight
Ben Whittaker v Jordan Grant, light heavyweight
Danny Quartermaine v TBA, super featherweight
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