Exclusive: Josh Buatsi closing in on decision regarding pro move

Joe Hewlett 22/03/2017

Josh Buatsi was one of Britain’s heroes last year at the Olympics as he picked up a bronze medal in Brazil.

The Olympian has kept coy over his next move in boxing but will make an announcement at the end of the month to decide his fate. The light-heavyweight confirmed there has been big interest from promoters Frank Warren and Eddie Hearn, but is yet to decide on whether he will turn professional or carry on as an amateur to fight at the Olympics in Tokyo.

“I’ve still been training up in Sheffield with the team as they prepare for the upcoming tournaments,” Buatsi exclusively explained to World Boxing News.

“I am reviewing what I am going to do from March 31 onwards and if the deal is right then I will turn professional but the offer has to be good. If the offer isn’t what I feel I should get then what’s the point?

“I’ve kept my options open and come closer to the time I will weigh up my options and see what’s best for me to do. D-day is at the end of the month so soon enough people will know exactly what I am doing,” he stated.

But it all could have been different for Londoner if it wasn’t for his friend who introduced him into boxing.

“I first starting boxing through my best mate as he had some boxing gloves and brought them down to our estate. I put the gloves on and we began sparring each other and I instantly enjoyed it. It was a buzz seeing that there was a skill to what I was doing – an art. That was my first encounter with boxing.”

He hasn’t looked back since and has admitted that the experience gained from the Olympics was something he’ll never forget.

“The Olympics everything was perfect timing, that’s the only word I can use to describe it. I was able to demonstrate what I had been doing in training and in recent tournaments as I had been knocking opponents out. All the hard work had been done in training and everything just clicked together. The great thing is that I performed well on worldwide TV so everyone could see what I can do, so I thank God,” he added.

The Brit has a tough choice to make but either way, he’ll be able to continue to show the boxing world his skills and considerable ability on the big stage.

Joe Hewlett is lead writer for World Boxing News. Follow Joe on Twitter @Hewlett95