Joshua Buatsi against the odds has emerged as one of Great Britain’s leading medal hopes at this year’s Olympics, amplified by one of the best finishes of the Olympic boxing tournament so far.
23 year old Buatsi is a previous bronze medallist in the light-heavyweight division in the 2015 European amateur championships, but is now on track to take home his first Olympic medal this Sunday.
Day 6 of the Olympics was another action packed day in Rio (full results and scores available here), but the stoppage Joshua Buatsi produced was one of the main highlights of the day.
Buatsi took on stuff competition in Uzbekistan’s Elshod Rasulov and against what many have become accustomed to from watching Olympic and amateur boxing over the years, Buatsi came out with perhaps more of a professional style – hunting his foe around the ring and looking to tee off bombs.
Employing not your usual points scoring tactics that you might see at the Olympics, Buatsi who was also the underdog in the bout, chased his opponent from bell to bell and in the third round – produced this clinical finish after knocking down the highly accomplished Rasulov a total of three times:
Buatsi will start as an underdog again this Sunday when he takes on Algeria’s Abelhafid Benchabla in the men’s light-heavyweight (81kg) quarter-finals.
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