Joshua Buatsi claims he is 'the best in the country' ahead of Craig Richards clash

  • Tom Ward

Joshua Buatsi believes he is the best light heavyweight in Britain.

Buatsi, 29, returns to the ring against ‘The Spider’ Craig Richards in an all-British light heavyweight bout.

The pair are set to face off in London this Saturday after an intense build-up.

And he says he is looking forward to proving a point this weekend.

Buatsi told DAZN: “I am the best in the country.

“The truth is though; we haven’t fought each other. Spider is the first light-heavyweight in Britain that I am boxing, so from there I can make a point of it.

“Everyone can say they are the best, but until someone gets a world title to separate themselves, then everyone has a point to make, and we are the first to really fight.

“I am better than him 100 per cent. Come on. I’ve looked at him in the eyes and he knows who I am.

“You don’t need to explain. I don’t need to talk smack and I don’t need the media. I love my private life. I’ve got opinions, but I don’t care about social media or any of that.

Joshua Buatsi believes he is the best light heavyweight in Britain.

“Forget the image, when I fight, it’s straight violence. I carry myself in a certain way, but when I get in the ring, it’s straight violence.

“In professional boxing we’re all carrying ourselves in a certain way, but the brakes are off when I’m in the ring. The talking doesn’t do it, the fighting does.”

Richards, of course, respectfully disagrees.

He countered: “He’s been talked about as being ‘the guy’ in the division but I believe I’ve earned my place as ‘the guy’ in the division.

“People base that for him off speculation and for me off my wins, the talking is over now, and we’ll see who is number one.

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“He did well as an amateur around the world and in the Olympics, you can’t argue with that. Are those skills transferable to the pros?

“He was tipped to be one of the fighters from that crop of Olympians to do big things. As a professional I’ve jumped into deep waters and proved myself, I’ve been the underdog time and time again.

“Saturday is what matters – getting credit now or then it doesn’t really change anything. 

“If I don’t go and perform, everything I’ve done is dead and buried.

“I’ve dealt with a lot of negatives around my performances and my career, I think that the my Bivol performance and then his win over Canelo is going to increase the attention and that people will see I gave him a harder fight and that might change people’s opinions of May 21.” 

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