Joshua Buatsi v Craig Richards - Boxing: All You Need to Know

17 May 2022 22:57:19 GMTPlus10
Joshua Buatsi and Craig Richards top the bill at the O2 Arena on Saturday

Joshua Buatsi and Craig Richards meet in London in a huge domestic light-heavyweight duel on Saturday and a world title shot could await the winner.

It's no surprise to see Buatsi a short-priced favourite for this contest and the Croydon man is rated a 1.16 chance.

However, Richards is a tough customer and Spider’s efforts when taking Dmitrii Bivol 12 rounds suddenly had the look of some very strong form.

This is a good fight in its own right, but it will almost certainly open the door for a world title shot later in the year for whoever comes out on top and it should be a cracking contest between talented British performers.

When is Joshua Buatsi v Craig Richards?

The bout will take place on Saturday, May 21st, 2022.

What time is Joshua Buatsi v Craig Richards?

The main card gets under way at 7pm UK time. There are four undercard bouts before the main event and the timing of the big fight will depend on the length of the previous contests.

It is expected that Buatsi and Richards will ring walk at around 10.15pm.

Where is Joshua Buatsi v Craig Richards?

The contest will take place at London's O2 Arena. The Greenwich venue has developed into a major boxing venue and it has held some notable fights in the past.

George Groves v James DeGale, Gennady Golovkin v Kell Brook and a pair of bouts between Tony Bellew and David Haye were all held on the banks of the River Thames.

Storm Eunice threatened to blow the roof off the Millennium Dome earlier this year, but the venue held firm and all it set fair for a cracking contest on Saturday night.

Can I watch Joshua Buatsi v Craig Richards?

The fight will be shown live on subscription service DAZN. The bout will be streamed to over 200 countries and it is available on a whole myriad of devices.

Who is the favourite for Joshua Buatsi v Craig Richards?

Buatsi is a red-hot 1.16 for Saturday's contest. Just Business has recorded ten straight knockout victories and the Croydon banger is 1.72 to make it eleven on the bounce.

Richards has never been stopped and it's 2.25 that the fight goes the distance. Spider is 5.00 to upset his more fancied rival and the fellow Croydonite is 7.00 for a decision victory.

Are there any belts on the line for Joshua Buatsi v Craig Richards?

There are no titles on the line. Richards is a former British light-heavyweight champion, but he vacated that belt and it has since been picked up by Dan Azeez.

Although there are no titles up from grabs on Saturday night, the winner would certainly put themselves in the frame for a world title fight at some point this year.

Spider has already challenged Bivol for his WBA strap and Buatsi has been in the big-time waiting room for some time.

What is Joshua Buatsi's record?

Buatsi won a bronze medal at the 2016 Olympic Games and he has made a perfect transition to the professional ranks. Just Business is unbeaten in 15 bouts and he has made a very good impression.

However, there isn't a great deal of substance to the Croydon man's record and he has been in with mainly low-key opponents. Buatsi did step up to face Ricards Bolotniks last time out and he was taken to 11 rounds by Latvian.

What is Craig Richards' record?

Richards has two defeats on his card, but he has mixed it at the elite level.

Spider went the full 12 rounds with Bivol last year and that looks an impressive effort given how good the Kyrgyzstan man was when beating Canelo Alvarez earlier this month.

Richards was also defeated by Frank Buglioni back in 2017, but the Croydon fighter looks to have improved since that reversal and he has good wins over Marek Matyja and Shakan Pitters on his record.

Who is on the undercard for Joshua Buatsi v Craig Richards?

There's a quality undercard at the O2 on Saturday evening, as exciting heavyweight Alen Babic returns to the ring and Robbie Davies Jr takes on Javier Molina.

Ellie Scotney tackles Maria Roman and Chantelle Cameron and Victoria Bustos clash for the WBC and IBF world super-lightweight titles.

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