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Going for gold: Boxer Joshua Buatsi looking to take Olympic crown

GOING FOR GOLD:  Joshua Buatsi

GOING FOR GOLD: Joshua Buatsi

AFTER SECURING his place in the next round of the Olympics’ boxing competition, Joshua Buatsi has one eye on a gold medal.

The light heavyweight beat Kennedy Katende of Uganda by TKO in round 3 and now faces Elshod Rasulov of Uzbekistan on August 11.

The 23-year-old said: “It’s a good start. I’ve just been told that just I got the first knockout of the competition so it is great to get that.

“The primary aim was to go out there to get the win and I got that which is all that matters. He’s a very experienced guy but I’ve been training hard and wouldn’t let him stop me.

On winning his bout against Kennedy Katende, the British-born pugilist said: “He’s considerable more experienced than me so to stop an opponent like that is a great confidence boost. It was a right hand to the head that ended the fight. It landed well and the referee didn’t step in so I landed another big right and that was the end of it.

“We’ve all got nerves going in but I’m good at hiding them. I would never have believed growing up that I could be at the Olympics but here I am.

“This is the biggest stage and there is hype and talk but all I can do is go into the ring and give my very best.”

 

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