LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT CONTENDER JOSHUA BUATSI TAKES ON DANIEL BLENDA DOS SANTOS ON SATURDAY night in manchester, england on dazn
JOSHUA BUATSI (13-0, 11 KOs) VS.
DANIEL BLENDA DOS SANTOS (15-0, 8 KOs)
When: Saturday, May 15
Where: AO Arena, Manchester, England
Cost: DAZN is $99 annually or $19 per month
Division: Light heavyweight
Official weights (on Friday): Buatsi 174, Dos Santos 172.75
At stake: No titles
Pound-for-pound ranking: None
Also on the card: Lerrone Richards vs. Giovanni De Carolis, super middleweights; Gamal Yafai vs. Jason Cunningham, junior featherweights; Tommy McCarthy vs. Alexandru Jur, cruiserweights; Dalton Smith vs. Lee Appleyard, junior welterweights
Prediction: Buatsi KO 9
Background: A women’s title-unification fight between Terri Harper and Hyun-Mi Choi was scheduled to headline this card but it was postponed after Harper injured her hand in training. Buatsi, a native of Ghana who lives in London, is a rising 28-year-old 175-pounder angling for a title shot. He has stopped his last eight opponents, including previously unbeaten Marko Calic in seven rounds in his most-recent fight this past October. He then took what he hopes is the next step in his development by teaming up with trainer Virgil Hunter in California. Buatsi is ranked in the Top 7 of all four major sanctioning bodies, which means a title shot is likely in his near future if he continues to win. Dos Santos, a 30-year-old Frenchman who has never fought outside his country, is taking a significant step up in opposition. His last six opponents – and 11 overall — have had losing records.