Joshua Buatsi WILL face Dan Azeez next in blockbuster all-British light-heavyweight showdown as both boxers ‘agree to fight each other’ with no Dmitriy Bivol fight in sight
- BOXXER CEO Ben Shalom has confirmed Joshua Buatsi will face Dan Azeez next
- Azeez was linked to a fight with Dmitriy Bivol but no offer has been made yet
BOXXER CEO Ben Shalom has confirmed that Joshua Buatsi will face British, Commonwealth and European light-heavyweight champion Dan Azeez in his next fight.
After a lengthy spell of inactivity, Buatsi returned to the ring in May as he cruised to a unanimous decision victory over Pawel Stepian.
Two months prior, Azeez picked up the European title with a 12th round stoppage win over Thomas Faure in Paris.
Both men are knocking on the door for world title fights but will first face each other in an important domestic dust-up.
‘Both fighters have agreed to fight each other,’ Shalom told Sky Sports.
Joshua Buatsi is 17-0 as a pro and is ranked at No 1 by the WBO and WBA sanctioning bodies
Dan Azeez is the reigning British, Commonwealth and European light-heavyweight champion
Azeez was reportedly in the running to face Dmitriy Bivol but no offer has been made as of yet
‘It’s flattering when other promoters are talking about your fighters but Dan Azeez is with Boxxer, he’s one of our proudest achievements.
‘Finding the fighters that don’t necessarily get those opportunities, the fact we’ve gone from just about British level and come through English, Commonwealth and now he’s even being talked about at world level, it’s an incredible journey.
‘The Buatsi fight is one they’ve both agreed to, it’s definitely one that happens this year, which British boxing fans are hugely excited about.’
WBA light-heavyweight world champion Dmitriy Bivol is currently on the look out for his next opponent after a rematch with Canelo Alvarez recently fell by the wayside.
Azeez has been rumoured as a potential option but Shalom affirms that no approach has been made.
‘If Matchroom want to come to us and make an offer for Dan to fight Bivol we’d consider it at the right time,’ Shalom added. ‘But we’ve not received any approach.’