It’s potentially not as straightforward as what a lot of people might think. Buatsi gets hit with right hands. Richards is very awkward, very effective and he’s got a decent right hand on him. When it comes down to business, Buatsi’s very, very vicious. He’s a fast starter and Craig Richards can be a slow starter. I think Buatsi.
I predict a great fight. Richards now has the experience at world level, Buatsi has also gained experience in his last fight. I’m sitting on the fence! Both gentlemen, both great fighters.
I favour Buatsi by decision. I know a few who’ve seen them spar and said Richards disrupted his rhythm. I expect it to be a technical and physical fight.
Buatsi by late stoppage. It’s a good fight for both men. I rate Richards highly, he’s a good all-round fighter and mentally strong. But Buatsi is special. This is the perfect stage for him to demonstrate that and I believe he will.