Joshua Buatsi says there is no chance of him underestimating former Croatian amateur standout and current undefeated professional Marko Calic ahead of their ten-round clash for the WBA International Light-Heavyweight crown this Sunday, October 4.
The Joshua vs. Calic fight will be shown live on Sky Sports in the UK and DAZN in the US.
Rio 2016 Olympic bronze medallist Buatsi (12-0, 10 KOs) hasn’t fought since he became the first man to stop Canada’s Ryan Ford on Vasyl Lomachenko vs. Luke Campbell show at The O2 in London last August. The Anthony Joshua-backed talent will be looking to make up for lost time following over a year out of the ring.
Standing in his way of huge fights with London rival Anthony Yarde and Matchroom stablemate Callum Johnson is Calic. He’s a 6′ 3″ former Heavyweight amateur who is promising to seize his golden opportunity on the big stage, with no intention of serving as a mere stepping stone for rising star Buatsi.
“Marko Calic is a solid opponent who will be coming to win,” said Buatsi. “He’s very experienced in the amateur scene and was around on the circuit years before me. He boxed in the 91kg category as an amateur; I always fought at 81kg. He’s represented his country in many tournaments, Europeans, World Championships, and the World Series of Boxing.
“This is a well-established amateur. As a pro, he is undefeated with a record of 11-0. That’s all I need to know about him. He had loads of WSB fights, so he knows what he is doing. He knows how to handle himself. It’s my job to go in there and to come out on top, which I’m very confident in doing. I’m doing everything that I can to make sure that I remain unbeaten on October 4.
“He’ll be game, and he’ll try it, but that’s what I’m expecting, so I’ll be there too. If the opportunity for a knockout comes, as always, I’ll take it. The aim is to go out there and box, get some rounds in. I wouldn’t shy away from saying if I hurt someone within the first couple of rounds, I’m here to close the show. The overall aim is to win. That’s where my mindset is at. On October 4, that’s what I’m getting in there to do.”
Buatsi vs. Calic tops a big night of action. The undercaard fights are as follows:
- Chantelle Cameron (12-0, 7 KOs) land a World Title shot in her very first bout as a Matchroom fighter as she takes on Brazil’s Adriana Dos Santos Araujo (6-0, 1 KO) for the vacant WBC Super-Lightweight crown
- ‘The Savage’ Alen Babic (4-0, 4 KOs) returns to the UK looking to impress again as he locks horns with Irishman Niall Kennedy (13-1-1, 8 KOs) in an eight-round Heavyweight contest
- Luton’s Linus Udofia (15-0, 7 KOs) puts his English Middleweight Title on the line for the first time against Dillian Whyte-backed Brixton man John Harding Jr (8-1-1, 2 KOs)
- Aqib Fiaz (5-0) and Kane Baker (13-6) look to settle the score after their Fight Camp disappointment
- Recent Matchroom signing John Hedges makes his pro debut at Super-Middleweight against Jan Ardon (2-4).