Croydon’s Joshua Buatsi is the new British light-heavyweight champion

BY RICHARD CAWLEY

Joshua Buatsi is the new British light-heavyweight champion – the Croydon fighter claiming the famous belt with a third-round stoppage of the outgunned Liam Conroy.

The South London fighter was a huge favourite going into the contest at the Copper Box Arena.

Joshua Buatsi v Liam Conroy, British Light Heavyweight Title, Copper Box Arena, London.
23rd March 2019
Picture By Dave Thompson.
Joshua Buatsi v Liam Conroy, British Light Heavyweight Title, Copper Box Arena, London.
23rd March 2019
Picture By Dave Thompson.

And Conroy was down twice in the third round – big right hands doing the damage both times – before referee Phil Edwards waved the contest over.

Buatsi moved his record to 10-0 in the paid ranks and now looks set to box on the undercard of Anthony Joshua’s world heavyweight title defence against Jarrell Miller at New York’s Madison Square Garden.

Asked how he felt his career was progressing, the South Londoner said: “There is still a long way to go.”

Buatsi looks almost certain to have his next bout Stateside as part of the Joshua-Miller show.

“I’ll go home, do a body check and if my team give me the green light then we’re good to go,” he said.

His promoter Eddie Hearn said: “This young man is so, so special – spiteful and composed. I’m so excited about his future.

“He’s going to have to be a good fighter if you look at the elite level – they are all excellent fighters. I believe he has the ability to beat them all.”

Joshua Buatsi v Liam Conroy, British Light Heavyweight Title, Copper Box Arena, London.
23rd March 2019
Picture By Dave Thompson.

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