By News Team
1st October 2020
Eddie Hearn and Matchroom Boxing are back with their first event since the successful four-week Fight Camp series.
Joshua Buatsi tops the bill in his return to the ring for the first time in over a year, while popular heavyweight Alen Babic features on the undercard.
Read on for our preview of both fights.
Buatsi to shake up light-heavyweight division in 2021
Ghanaian born British light-heavyweight contender Joshua Buatsi is thought to be one of the brightest prospects in the thriving Matchroom Boxing stable.
A bronze medallist at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, Matchroom were quick to snap up his signature, and shortly after the then 24-year-old made his professional debut at the O2 Arena.
Since then, Buatsi has enjoyed a perfect record with 12 consecutive wins, claiming both the British and WBA international light-heavyweight titles, successfully defending the latter four times, with his next defence scheduled for this weekend.
His opponent, Marko Calic, has an 11-0 perfect record, with six KOs, and is seen as a technically sound fighter, but not necessarily one who possesses any real threatening punching power.
Buatsi is, however. With 10 KOs in 12 fights, Buatsi’s right-hand is a problem for any light-heavyweight opposition, and he is 2/7 to win by KO, TKO or DQ on Sunday, with a win by any method priced as short as 1/50. The Croatian Calic is priced at 12/1 to win on Sunday, and 16/1 to win by KO, TKO or DQ.
2021 could be a big year for Buatsi, who has long been linked with an all-British showdown with Matchroom rival Queensbury’s prospect Anthony Yarde. Should he find a way to win that fight, a world title shot will not be far away.
Babic to raise his stock
Alen ‘The Savage’ Babic turned quite a few heads last month when fighting on the undercard of Dillian Whyte and Alexander Povetkin’s Fight Camp finale.
Not much was known of Babic ahead of his fight with Shawndell Winters, aside from the fact he was managed by Whyte, but that would all change once the first bell went on fight night.
Although ‘Savage’ is not a fighter that you would slot into the refined category, his desire and no-nonsense front-foot style proved too much for Winters, who had previously gone five rounds with former world champion Joseph Parker.
It took the Croatian Babic under two. Clubbing overhand rights and left hooks to the body had Winters in all sorts of trouble within the first two minutes of the fight, and it wasn’t long into the second round that the referee decided to wave the bout off.
Now a fan favourite, Babic is set to return to the ring less than six weeks after his British TV debut, facing Irishman Niall Kennedy, whose record stands at 13-1.