Olympic Bronze Medallist Joshua Buatsi will be hoping to make a name for himself as he trains ahead for his debut on July 1st at the O2 Arena in London.
The announcement of his debut came when he signed with the Matchroom Sport in early June and having IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua as his manager.
The 24-year-old will be featured in a card which contains the likes of Conor Benn and Frank Buglioni, who will be defending his British light-heavyweight title defence against Ricky Summers, live on Sky Sports.
His previous performance in a boxing ring came when he lost to Kazakhstan’s Adilbek Niyazymbetov on points in the semi-finals at the 2016 Olympics in Rio.
Buatsi, who is based in London, has been training immensely to stay focused on his boxing.
“It’s all about training right now,” Buatsi told Behind the Gloves.
“I’ve been training hard in the gym and always giving it my 100 percent because I know how much there is on the line for me.
“I want to go out there and give a great performance for the fans to watch. I had my great moments in the amateurs and now I’m ready to proceed further and achieve great things as a pro too.
Buatsi, whose main inspirations were the likes of Amir Khan, Floyd Mayweather, Lennox Lewis and Mike Tyson, is known for his big power punching ability and has taken his role models’ styles as emulation within the boxing ring.
He stated: “Fighters like Amir and Floyd have had great boxing agility including their speed. Tyson and Lewis on the other hand were known for their size, power and strength. Every now and then I would sort of emulate their styles and see if I could carry their route.
“Sometimes it won’t go your way by adapting or emulating consistently but that’s boxing and I’m always learning my way in the ring.”
Even meeting former world champions like Mayweather and Khan face to face, they gave him tips and influenced the young athlete even more into his boxing.
“I met Floyd back in the 2016 Olympics and he was just there giving some helpful tips about my boxing ability,” he said.
“Even when I met Amir Khan I was really grateful for speaking to him and who also gave the advice and right tactics and wishing me all the best in the sport.”
His biggest fans, particularly his family have always been very supportive of his career. Even at the time when he received his degree in Management and Sports Science at St. Mary’s University in Twickenham.
“My parents have always been very supportive of my career,” he stated.
“Just at the time when I had got my degree, I was told by my Mum that I can now go back to boxing because education was a lot more important and now I can truly it was worth it.”
By Waqas Ali. You can follow him on Twitter on @Waqaas95