Joshua Buatsi vs Craig Richards: UK ring walk time, how to watch, live stream, undercard, odds
Joshua Buasti faces the toughest test of his professional career to date against London rival Craig Richards in a tantalizing light heavyweight showdown next weekend.
The dust is still settling after the 175-pound division took center stage last weekend, with Dmitry Bivol handing Canelo Alvarez a shocking first loss since his loss to Floyd Mayweather in 2013.
Both Buatsi and Richards had intended to face the Mexican later this year, but those plans are now on hold.
Come to think of it, though, Richards’ points loss to Bivol last year, in a fight in which he performed more than admirably, now looks much better, and the undefeated Buatsi certainly has a challenge on his hands.
Joshua Buatsi (left) and Craig Richards (right) will square off on May 21 at the O2 Arena
The London duo have shared a ring before as amateurs, with Buatsi emerging victorious in three rounds in 2014, before winning a bronze medal at the 2016 Olympics.
But with both fighters looking to move toward a world title shot later this year, the matchup looks like a different proposition altogether. And although Buatsi appears as the favourite, it is perhaps his first real test of fire in the professional ranks.
As the long-awaited show draws ever closer, sports mail takes you through everything you need to know.
When is Joshua Buatsi vs Craig Richards?
The clash between Buatsi and Richards is scheduled for Saturday May 21 at the O2 Arena in London.
The pair are expected to walk to the ring at around 10pm UK time, though that will of course depend on the results beforehand, with plenty of action on the undercard as well.
Chantelle Cameron puts her unified super lightweight titles on the line against Victoria Noelia Bustos, while Ellie Scotney takes on Maria Cecilia Román in her toughest test yet.
Also in action is the always entertaining Alen Babic, who takes on Adam Balski.
how to watch the fight
The fight, which will be a 12-round contest, will be broadcast live on DAZN.
It will be available to stream in over 200 countries around the world, with Australia and New Zealand being notable exceptions.
Customers will be able to stream the fight through the app on their TV, console, mobile device, tablet or computer.
sports mail will also cover the fight live, so you can stay up to date with us.
Height: 6 feet 2 inches
Height: 6 feet 1 inch
Buatsi posted 15 wins in as many fights against Ricards Bolotniks in his previous outing
Richards lost to Dmtry Bivol last year, but his performance now looks better after the Russian defeated Canelo Alvarez.
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- Alen Babic vs. Adam Balski
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- Cheavon Clarke vs. TBA
- John Hedges vs. TBA
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What has been said?
Speaking at his announcement news conference in March, Buatsi admitted that the impending fight is the biggest of his career.
He said: ‘I wouldn’t call it the toughest test, for me, it’s just the biggest fight in my career right now. It’s the next fight, the fight I must win, last time with Bolotniks but this time it’s Spider. I will prepare as diligently as I do, on May 21 I will be ready.
He continued: ‘I’m at the point where I want to fight these guys, I want to get into these big fights. May 21 is the first stop and when we handle that, we take care of whoever is next.
“This is nothing new, outside I’m cool and calm, probably like a lot of fighters, but when I’m in that ring I know what time it is.” I know what I have to do, and the situation is that the good guys come last and that’s what happens in the ring. Outside the ring I know how you want to be, but in that ring I know what I have to do. In May I will be ready.
Buatsi recognized that the fight is the most important of his career in his press conference
Richards also admitted a tough night lies ahead, but also insisted he has enough to win the fight.
Richards also insisted he had a tough night ahead of him, but believes he will be the man whose hand goes up when the final bell rings.
“I’m not going to look at him thinking this is a ride, I’ll prepare just as hard, if not harder, for him,” he said.
“We both know we have a solid fight ahead of us on May 21 and I don’t think anyone is sleeping with each other. I think we will both be well prepared and we will present the A games on May 21.
‘I think I have the ability to win in any way, the most important thing is to prepare myself in all aspects. I have to be prepared for everything, at this level you can’t just say I’m going to win with a jab or close it down.
‘You have to prepare for Plan A, B, C or D, you may have to be tough and smart or box and be smart. It all depends on the night, you just have to make sure you are prepared, have all your game plans and are fit, ready and strong.
‘On the night just make it happen, listen to your team for what matters most and execute what you need to win the fight.’
Buasti vs. Richards: The Odds
Even though Richards has fought a higher level of opposition throughout his professional career to date, it is Buatsi who, unsurprisingly, enters the fight as the heavy favorite.
Buatsi is the 1/6 favorite for victory, with a win from Richards at 10/3 and an unlikely draw at 25/1.
* Fees according to Betfair and correct at the time of publication.