Joshua Buatsi ‘can make a statement’ against Craig Richards

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It’s no secret that the UK light heavyweight scene is stacked at the moment.

But much to the frustration of fight fans, some are reluctant to face off.

However, after a thrilling two-fight epic between Anthony Yarde and Lyndon Arthur, a new British rivalry is about to unfold.

Last Tuesday saw the announcement of Joshua Buatsi’s return to action on May 21 where he will face fellow Briton Craig Richards in what has the potential to be a must-see contest.

Speaking on JABS, Fight Disciple Nick Peet couldn’t hold back his excitement over the huge range of British names at 175lbs.

“It won’t be the end either, we banged the drum on this show about the state of the national light heavyweight division,” Peet said.

“They can’t all fight Canelo, but as Canelo himself said, ‘stop forming an orderly line to face me and fight each other, and fight in front of the line waiting.’

“At the national level right now there is an opportunity there, Richards against Buatsi is a fantastic fight, just like Arthur against Yarde was a fantastic match.

“Callum Smith, Calum Johnson, Rocky Fielding, Dan Azeez, get all these guys in there, there’s a shootout out there to take on Canelo.”

Peet also believes this could be what Buatsi needs to revive what has been a mixed career since turning professional in 2017.

“I’m absolutely thrilled for Joshua Buatsi because I went from being his biggest fan after the Olympics to sort of losing interest in his career.

“He failed to capitalize on that British title win and he’s won absurd belts since.

“It’s a real fight for me, he’s back at the national level, Craig Richards is absolutely no joke, it’s a fantastic fight and I can’t wait for him.”

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