Joshua Buatsi continues march to the top with emphatic knockout over Daniel Dos Santos

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Joshua Buatsi continued his climb towards the business end of the light-heavyweight division with a stunning fourth-round knockout over France's Daniel Blenda Dos Santos. Buatsi, fighting with renowned trainer, Virgil Hunter in his corner for the first time, was in stunning form as he sent out a warning to the world's leading fighters at 175lbs. 

Long identified as one of British boxing's brightest prospects, Buatsi had said all week he would impress against Dos Santos, and he carried those boasts into the ring at Manchester's AO Arena. Dominant from the opening bell, Buatsi found his range as early as the second round as he unleashed a furious assault to floor Dos Santos. 

With the Frenchman in survival mode from the moment he was floored, Buatsi had to remain patient to find openings. He stalked Dos Santos with hurtful intent, and at the backend of round four, Buatsi found a brilliant right hand that connected flush on Dos Santos' exposed target. 

Dos Santos was already falling off the first shot, but Buatsi landed with another punch before his opponent hit the floor. Victor Loughlin halted the fight immediately as a nervous wait ensued for Dos Santos to return to his feet. Once he did, he was consoled by the victor who's surely now ready to test himself against the world's best light-heavyweights.

For a full recap of what happened on on Joshua Buatsi vs. Daniel Blenda Dos Santos, please read below. 




Buatsi WKO4 Dos Santos

It's all over in round number four. A well-timed right hand from Buatsi sent Dos Santos downwards but the Croydon fighter was able to land another right hand to his stricken opponent. It was a stunning finish to a fight that Buatsi controlled from start to finish. Bigger fights await the Olympic bronze medal winner. 

Round 3: Buatsi vs. Dos Santos

It's all Buatsi as he continues to put the pressure on Dos Santos. The Frenchman is often finding himself on the ropes, and that's when Buatsi increases his assaults. The highlight of the round is Dos Santos shoving Buatsi to the ground, which provoked a stern response from the home fighter. 10-9 Buatsi.


Round 2: Buatsi vs. Dos Santos

A barrage of punches sends Dos Santos down in round two. Rather than go on the attack, Buatsi remains patient and takes his time. Dos Santos is desperate whenever Buatsi gets close. 10-8 Buatsi. 

Round 1: Buatsi vs. Dos Santos

Buatsi takes the centre ring from the start. The Croydon man is stalking and using his jab well. Dos Santos has done nothing apart from keeping his gloves high. 10-9 Buatsi.


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