Light heavyweight prospect Joshua Buatsi (6-0, 4KOs) is targeting a fight with fellow Londoner Anthony Yarde (15-0, 14KOs) at some point this year.
The Olympic bronze medalist has thrown his hat into the 175lb domestic mix by calling out Britain’s number one Yarde from Hackney, London.
In a recent interview Buatsi said:
“The public want me to go against Yarde. It’s a fight in demand so that is the one I want.
“It’s good because the public interest is there, everyone is calling for it. I know that it’s one that will captivate and intrigue fans so let’s get it on.
“We have both been matched well and guided appropriately so far and this would be a great test for us to see where we are really at in our careers. The fans are the ones who would benefit most.
“These are the match-ups you need in boxing. Ultimately, we will only know what happens once we fight, but all I will say is that the ring reveals the truth – it’s very real and different once you’re in there, just the two of you.
“Buatsi is coming for you.”
The 25-year-old who is managed by AJ Boxing is also hoping to for a shot at the British or Commonwealth titles. Rumors are circling that current holder of both belts Callum Johnson will vacate for world honors and challenge IBF champ Artur Beterbiev.
“I want those belts eventually, of course, and if Johnson does decide to move on, two challengers will be ordered to fight for each of them.
“I know Yarde is ranked highly in Britain so you would assume it would be him against someone else.
“I’d never turn down the fight, us fighters will fight anyone. It’s up to trainers and managers to correctly guide and advise a career the right way.
“You look at situations like the one with Kell Brook and Amir Khan where the public demand has been there for years and it still hasn’t happened – I don’t want that to be the case here.
“I still think that if we saw Khan and Brook announced this week, people would lose their mind over it and want to watch it. It could just come down to mine and Yarde’s teams as to whether it’s better to take it now or later on.
“He’s a London boy so that local rivalry adds to the fire; I’m just excited by the whole prospect.”
You just cannot knock these young British fighters that are currently working their way through the ranks as they are always eager to fight each other. It’s great to see and long may it continue.