Virgil Hunter unsure whether Joshua Buatsi is ready for Dmitry Bivol or Canelo Alvarez

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Joshua Buatsi is on the cusp of a world title shot after beating Craig Richards on points at London's O2 Arena on Saturday night. 

The all-British clash was a WBA final eliminator meaning whoever came out on top could face WBA (super) light-heavyweight champion Dmitry Bivol in the future. 

However, Buatsi's trainer, Virgil Hunter, is unsure whether his fighter is ready to face the biggest names in the division which now includes Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez. 

"I can’t honestly say that right now,” Hunter responded when asked whether Buatsi was ready for Bivol or Canelo. 

“Because being at the world title level there are just some things that I need to see, so I can’t honestly say that. But he (Buatsi) will always be in the fight. Trust me, he’ll always be there. I’m not saying that he would lose to Bivol or Canelo.

"I think he give Canelo fits [and], on top of his physicality, would give Canelo fits and he would wear Canelo down.

“Bivol does some things that I think that we should work on some more.”

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