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(June 5th) Signing with Eddie Hearn’s, Matchroom Boxing, Ghanaian-born, Croydon, London British Olympic Bronze Medalist Joshua Buatsi will make his pro debut July 1st at the O2 Arena in London.

 

The 24-year-old light heavyweight will be joining fellow Olympian Lawrence Okolie and Brixton, London’s, Isaac “Chambo” Chamberlain on the undercard of the Frank Buglioni vs Ricky Summers BBBofC British Light Heavyweight title main event with the BBBofC English Super Welterweight title bout featuring Matthew Ryan vs Ted Cheeseman in chief support.

 

Buatsi reportedly managed by Anthony Joshua claimed the Bronze Medal at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil last summer stopping Sweden’s Kennedy Katende and Uzbekistan’s Elshod Rasulov before losing on points to Kazakh Adilbek Niyazymbetov in the semi-finals.

 

Tickets priced £40 – £100 are on sale via www.theo2.co.uk. £150 VIP tickets available exclusively from www.matchroomboxing.com

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(June 1) Frank Buglioni will defend his British Light-Heavyweight title against Ricky Summers at The O2 in London on Saturday July 1, LIVE on Sky Sports.

 

Buglioni puts the belt on the line for the first time since winning it in stunning style against Hosea Burton in December, flooring the hometown favourite in the 11th round before stopping him in the final session.

 

Buglioni and unbeaten Tipton man Summers were set to meet in Greenwich in March but a cut in sparring forced the champion out of the fight, and the 28 year old is now relishing his chance to top the bill as the domestic season ends on Sky Sports.

 

“I felt sick with the injury at the time but I’m raring to go now,” said Buglioni. “I saw the surgeon and he said that my skin is fine and that I’m not susceptible to cuts so that’s a positive for me. It was the headguard that caused it so we’ve changed that.

 

“I live in the gym, always keeping sharp and fit, so it was a setback but I’m on track and I’m thrilled to be topping the bill at The O2.

 

“There’s no Light-Heavyweight in Britain that can beat me, including Nathan Cleverly, so line them up. It’s a new chapter in my career. Hosea is above British level and I beat him so I think that shows how good I am. I want to win the Lord Lonsdale belt outright and then move onto European and World honours, and if the rematch with Hosea presents itself, great.”

 

Buglioni tops a stacked bill of young unbeaten London talents as Ted Cheeseman challenges Matthew Ryan for the English Super-Welterweight title in an eliminator for the British title, Reece Bellotti looks to build on his impressive British Featherweight title eliminator win over Dai Davies in March, Team GB Rio Olympian Lawrence Okolie on the hunt for a fourth straight first round KO in the paid ranks and features on the bill with his potential Cruiserweight local rival Isaac Chamberlain.

 

Conor Benn makes a welcome return from injury and there’s action for Southern Area Super-Middleweight champion Craig ‘Spider’ Richards, Super-Middleweight Danny Dignum and Light-Heavyweight Jake Ball.

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