News | Jul 04 2017

What next for Joshua Buatsi

A south London homecoming fight could be next for Joshua Buatsi, writes John Dennen
Joshua Buatsi
Joshua Buatsi vs Carlos Mena  |  Action Images/Andrew Couldridge

OLYMPIC bronze medallist Joshua Buatsi got his professional career off to the perfect start on Saturday, battering game trier Carlos Mena to defeat inside two rounds at the O2 Arena in Greenwich.

“It was good to get out there, see what it’s like, get the feel of it, box in front of people, small gloves. I enjoyed it, it was good,” Buatsi reflected. “I felt I hadn’t been in the ring for a long time, it was a matter of going through whatever I needed to go through to get out there and perform. But once I stepped through those ropes, I was like, ‘No matter what happens, I’m winning this fight. However I win it.’

“He came, he landed shots as well. It was competitive enough for a debut, so it was a good choice by the team… It’s good that I had someone to fire shots back. Opponents that hit back, I prefer that.”