Joshua Buatsi has defeated Dan Azeez after an eagerly awaited 12-round final eliminator bout for the World Boxing Association (WBA) light-heavyweight title on Saturday Night at the OVO Wembley in London.
The rescheduled fight which was postponed late last year in October saw Buatsi won their final eliminator for the WBA light-heavyweight title by a unanimous decision, giving him the opportunity to stay on track for a shot at a World title.
Dan “Super” Azeez was dropped twice in the 11th round but blamed a slippery canvas for the knockdowns. The foes during the bout, both finished proudly on their feet and restored their friendship after the final bell. The judges scored 116-110 and 117-109 twice, all for Buatsi.
Josh appreciated Dan, touted his level of commitment to the fight and expressed gratitude to fans for coming out to support the bout.
“Dan pushed me every round. He is a champion. I got the No 1 slot but I couldn’t have done it without Dan. It was a pleasure sharing the ring with him. He made me fight every second.”
Dan ‘Super’ Azeez came in as the reigning British light-heavyweight champion, a title Buatsi used to hold. But this fight’s implications reached far beyond that. As for an eliminator for the WBA world title, both men needed victory to take their careers where they were determined to go.
Azeez was left to reflect on the disappointment of defeat, but was pleased to put up a good fight against Buatsi. The 34-year-old Nigerian-British boxer Dan Azeez has done the small arenas and everything else in between in boxing by winning for himself a 20 bout streak, 0 draws and now 1 defeat.
Meanwhile, Josh’s boxing record now stands at a 18-0-0 which implies that he remains undefeated having won all 18 of his professional bouts, with 13 knockouts and no losses or draws under his belt.
About Joshua Buatsi
Joshua Buatsi was in Accra, Ghana — before his family moved to Thornton Heath, south London, where he grew up. He studied at Edenham High School, and then completed a degree at St Mary’s University, Twickenham in business management and sports science.
Buatsi started boxing at the age of fifteen at the South Norwood and Victory boxing club, located in an old church ch hall near Croydon. The knockout boxer, who is nicknamed “Just Business”, became an English national champion and won a European bronze medal before representing Great Britain at the Rio Olympics in 2016
— where he also picked up a bronze medal. At the time of writing, he is 30 years old. Joshua is six-foot-two (188cm) and has a reach of 74.5 inches (189cm). The Althlete has gone on to have a successful professional career, holding the WBA international light-heavyweight title, and is undefeated so far. He is often referred to as somewhat of an anomaly in the world of boxing, as unlike a great many of his peers he avoids trash talking and is considered to be good natured.
His former promoter Eddie Hearn described him as “the nicest, most dangerous man you can meet”. He currently trains with a coach by name Virgil Hunter. Joshua Buatsi has been active outside the ring too. After collecting a bronze medal at the Olympic Games in 2016, Buatsi gained a bachelor’s degree in Sports Science. His foundation “Joshua Buatsi Foundation” helps underprivileged youths in Ghana to develop confidence, self-esteem and academic skills.
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