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Is Joshua Buatsi ready for Dmitry Bivol next?

Joshua Buatsi
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We ask the Boxing News panel whether Joshua Buatsi is ready for top light-heavyweight Dmitry Bivol next

Paul Edwards
Top trainer

I would say so, he’s ready for him. Could he beat him? I don’t know. I think it’s 60-40 Bivol. But I reckon Buatsi will step up the better the opposition. I really rate Craig Richards, I think he’s a great fighter. I think he’s world class.

Paul Smith
Former British champion

I don’t think Buatsi is ready for Bivol just yet. Maybe a couple more tests and he hopefully will be. I rate him. His jab has come on a lot and his heart was never in doubt. He was taking a couple of unnecessary shots and so I would suggest a couple more before looking at Bivol, like fights with Callum Johnson, Yarde, Arthur etc.

Paul Ready
Boxing manager

I think the time is now for Buatsi to go and challenge Bivol. Richards was a good yardstick not just because he’d boxed Bivol previously. Josh ticked all the boxes, had his chin checked, had to dig deep and I thought he ground out an 8-4 victory.

Andy Clarke
Boxing commentator

He’s ready enough. He’d be the underdog but if you wait for the perfect time and conditions to challenge for a title belt then you could find yourself waiting forever. Now is the time and whatever the outcome I’d be confident he’d prove he belongs at that level.

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