The undercard for Anthony Joshua’s American debut has all-but been confirmed with just over a week to spare.
In the latest and final addition, Joshua Buatsi will also fight in America for the first time as a professional.
Buatsi defends his WBA International Light-Heavyweight title against Marco Antonio Periban at Madison Square Garden on Saturday June 1.
The fight is live on DAZN in the US and Sky Sports Box Office in the UK.
Buatsi (10-0, 8 KOs) stopped Liam Conroy in three rounds to claim the vacant British 175lbs title last time out at London’s Copper Box Arena, dropping the former English champion twice in the third round to force another impressive early stoppage.
The 2016 Olympic bronze medallist landed his WBA crown with brutal first round KO of Andrejs Pokumeiko in July last year before defending the title twice against Tony Averlant and Renold Quinlan – both fights ending in explosive first round knockouts.
Next up for the fast-rising Croydon star is Mexico’s Marco Antonio Periban (25-4-1, 16 KOs), a former opponent of former two-weight World Champion Badou Jack, IBF Super-Middleweight king James DeGale and World title challenger Avni Yildrim.
“I’m excited to be in the United states for the first time,” said Buatsi. “There is so much history here with this venue, the greats have fought here.
“To be able to say I’ve boxed at Maddison Square Garden this early in my career is an honour. I’ve had a great camp in Miami. I can’t wait to get started and put on a fantastic performance for all the fans.”
“As Britain takes over the Mecca of boxing next week in NY, it’s only right that one of our biggest rising stars gets the chance to shine,” said promoter Eddie Hearn.
“Joshua Buatsi has been sensational since turning professional and next week gets the chance to make his US debut on the biggest stage of all.
“We expect a tough challenge from Periban who will have big support at the arena from the Mexican fans hoping Andy Ruiz can make history for his country.
“Periban has mixed in great company and this is the perfect test for Josh as he closes in at shot at the World title. Next week is going to be special in so many ways, I can’t wait!”
Buatsi and Periban clash on a huge night of action at MSG where Anthony Johua’s World title defence against Andy Ruiz Jr.
It is supported by Irish sensation Katie Taylor clashing with Delfine Persoon for the undisputed Women’s World Lightweight championship.
Callum Smith defending his WBA World ‘Super’, WBC Diamond and Ring Magazine Super-Middleweight titles against Hassan N’Dam.
Josh Kelly making his US debut as he defends his WBA International Welterweight title against Philadelphia’s Ray Robinson.4
Finally, Chris Algieri defending his WBO International title against Britain’s Tommy Coyle in a crunch Super-Lightweight showdown.
Tickets for the huge night of World title action in New York are on sale now via Madison Square Garden and StubHub (www.stubhub.com)
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12 – heavyweight
Anthony Joshua v Andy Ruiz Jr
International Boxing Federation World Heavyweight Title
International Boxing Organization World Heavyweight Title
World Boxing Association Super World Heavyweight Title
World Boxing Organisation World Heavyweight Title
10×2 – lightweight
Katie Taylor v Delfine Persoon
International Boxing Federation World Female Lightweight Title
WBA World Female Lightweight Title
WBC World Female Lightweight Title
WBO World Female Lightweight Title
12 – super middleweight
Callum Smith v Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam
World Boxing Association Super World Super Middleweight Title
12 – super lightweight
Chris Algieri v Tommy Coyle
10 – welterweight
Josh Kelly v Ray Robinson
10 – light heavyweight
Joshua Buatsi v Marco Periban
4 – middleweight
Austin Williams v Quadeer Jenkins