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Panel: Is Joshua Buatsi ready for Dmitry Bivol in his next fight?

Joshua Buatsi
Mark Robinson/Matchroom Boxing
Is Joshua Buatsi now ready for the top level? We ask a panel of experts

Bradley Skeete
Former British champion

After Joshua Buatsi’s last performance I think he is ready for Dmitry Bivol next. He proved he’s got a good chin and can carry his power into the championship rounds.

Tony Jeffries
Olympic medallist

I think he will do very well against Bivol right now but I would like to see Buatsi have more fights, make more money, build his name more. There’s no rush.

Al Siesta
Promoter/manager

Buatsi needs a fight or two in the interim as Dmitry Bivol is world class. Bivol will find those defensive holes and will capitalise on them. JB has to tighten up his defence if he wants to challenge those kind of fighters.

Declan Taylor
Sports reporter

No less ready than Craig Richards was but I believe another fight against someone like Badou Jack will hold him in good stead not only for Bivol but the potential defences that would follow. I still don’t think there’s a major rush, he’s 28. It’s not just about getting there but staying there.

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