Joshua Buatsi leaves opponent Daniel Blenda Dos Santos in the ring in TEARS after brutal KO to keep his WBA light-heavyweight title and raise his unbeaten record to 14 wins
- Joshua Buatsi knocked out Daniel Blenda Dos Santos to keep his WBA title
- He beat the Frenchman within four rounds, despite being knocked down
- Dos Santos, previously unbeaten in 15 fights, tried to respond during the third
- Buatsi delivered a brutal right-hand hit in the fourth to eliminate Dos Santos
Joshua Buatsi knocked out Daniel Blenda Dos Santos in the fourth round to retain his WBA international light heavyweight title with a clinical showing at the Manchester Arena, bringing his opponent to tears.
The 2016 British Olympic bronze medalist quit Marko Calic in October, from which he sustained an eye injury, and returned to action for the first time since coming into contact with trainer Virgil Hunter.
The 28-year-old had previously gunned down Frenchman Dos Santos in the second after a flurry of strong right-wing shots.
Joshua Buatsi (left) knocked out Daniel Blenda Dos Santos (right) to keep his WBA title
Dos Santos was shocked by the defeat and was seen in tears in the aftermath
Dos Santos, previously unbeaten in 15 fights, tried to react on the third round and bundled Buatsi, but the British fighter was soon back on his feet.
Buatsi delivered another brutal hit to the right in the fourth round, sending Dos Santos straight to the canvas, landing face first.
The Frenchman quickly received medical attention before being helped back into his corner, as Buatsi extended his perfect record to 14 fights, with 12 wins by knockout.
“We’ve seen unknown opponents come and beat boys,” Buatsi said.
Ringside staff consoled the boxer as he struggled to come to terms with defeat
‘I took him seriously. I landed the shot at the right time. I especially hope he’s okay. ‘
Buatsi’s promoter, Eddie Hearn, revealed he will fight again in July.
“What we need to do is take advantage of the ability to accelerate Buatsi’s career,” Hearn said after the win.
The next one has to be one step higher. We have to find that next level, but we have to keep the momentum.
“He’s been out of the ring for seven months and has a new trainer, so that was a big box.”