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Joshua Buatsi signs with Matchroom

The promising 175-pound prospect will debut in a few weeks.

Frank Buglioni and Ricky Summers Press Conference Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images

Joshua Buatsi, who won bronze in the light heavyweight division at Rio 2016, has signed a professional deal with Matchroom Boxing, and will also be managed by Anthony Joshua’s AJ Boxing.

Buatsi, 24, was the real pro prospect standout of a talented Great Britain team in Rio, in my view, and I’ve been waiting to see where he would sign for a pro career, even if the end result was pretty predictable.

“It’s been a long time coming,” said Buatsi in a press release. “I got the medal ten months ago but I didn’t just disappear. After coming back from Rio I needed to finish my degree and the get back into the gym. I’ve been in the gym for a few months now, my head is clear, I know what is next. I’ve made the right decision to team up with Eddie Hearn, Matchroom Boxing and Sky Sports and I’m so excited for the journey.”

Buatsi will make his pro debut on July 1 at the O2 Arena in London, on a card headlined by the British light heavyweight title fight between Frank Buglioni and Ricky Summers, live on Sky Sports.

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