Joshua Buatsi takes on Dan Azeez in England on Aug. 19 with an eye fixed on Dmitry Bivol


A conflict between two of boxing’s high mild heavyweight contenders will happen on August 19.

Joshua Buatsi and Dan Azeez will collide in a compelling conflict, Boxxer, which promotes each fighters, introduced Wednesday afternoon. No particular location was introduced apart from the struggle happening someplace in England.

The winner of the struggle will develop into the necessary challenger to face WBA world mild heavyweight titleholder Dmitry Bivol.

Stakes will probably be excessive as each London-based fighters are extremely ranked. Buatsi and Azeez are ranked No. 7 and eight, respectively, by The Ring. The WBA has Buatsi ranked No. 1, and Azeez at No.2 in its rankings.

Buatsi (17-0, 13 knockouts), who’s initially from Accra, Ghana, simply fought on Might 6, defeating previously-unbeaten Pawel Stepien by unanimous determination. The win over Stepien happened over 9 months after Buatsi stopped former fringe contender Ricards Bolotniks within the eleventh spherical.

The 30-year-old additionally has victories, all by knockout, in opposition to the likes of former contender Marco Antonio Periban and unbeaten fighters in Marko Calic and Daniel Blenda Dos Santos.

The struggle in opposition to Azeez will probably be Buatsi’s first beneath contract with Boxxer. He was as soon as promoted by Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing.

Azeez (19-0, 13 KOs) stopped Thomas Faure within the twelfth spherical of his final bout on March 11. Lower than three months after the victory over Faure, Azeez notched the most important win of his profession, on paper, stopping Rocky Fielding within the eighth spherical. Fielding had gained his earlier three fights since his loss to Ring journal tremendous middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez.

The 33-year-old has displayed energy and aggression in latest fights, having stopped 5 of his final six opponents. Azeez has additionally knocked out Hosea Burton, in November 2021, and once-beaten Reece Cartwright lower than 9 months later.


Francisco A. Salazar has written for The Ring since October 2013 and has lined boxing in Southern California and overseas since 2000. Francisco additionally covers boxing for the Ventura County (California) Star newspaper. He may be reached at [email protected]


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