Joshua Buatsi vs Liam Conroy result: Rio medallist wins British title with destructive performance

Buatsi put Conroy down in the third and finished the job soon after to remain perfect as a professional

Jack Rathborn
Copper Box Arena, London
Saturday 23 March 2019 22:34
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Joshua Buatsi celebrates victory
Joshua Buatsi celebrates victory

Joshua Buatsi destroyed Liam Conroy in three rounds to capture to British light heavyweight title and enhance his reputation as one of British boxing's future stars.

Buatsi, who emerged from the Rio Olympics with bronze, came into the fight off the back of three successive first round knockouts, but was forced to be more measured against Conroy.

After proving to be elusive for two rounds, Conroy was sent sprawling in the third after a beautiful right hand connected sweetly.

And despite rising to continue, the fight was soon over after a blistering combination from Buatsi spun a now disorientated Conroy to the canvas again.

Buatsi had taken time to warm up but once he round his range, he went through Conroy like a whirlwind, validating the considerable hype surrounding his future.

Buatsi has the requisite ingredients to become a legitimate star in the sport, and he appears to know it, too, given his outlandish grey and silver shorts with pink trim.

His meteoric rise looks set to continue this summer with a place on the undercard of Anthony Joshua vs Jarrell Miller in New York at Madison Square Garden.

But the cool nature of Buatsi still holds him back from announcing such extravagant plans after a mere 10 fights.

“Fair play to Conroy for stepping up and he caught me in there," Buatsi said.

“There’s still a long way to go but I’m grateful to everybody. I have to thank Eddie [Hearn] as well, who has guided my career.”

Joshua Buatsi picked up the British title with a third round stoppage 

Hearn added: “We would love him to box at MSG on the Anthony Joshua card. He’s a special talent.

"He is so composed and I am very excited about him. And he will have to be very talented because it is a dangerous division.”

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