Headlining the JDNXTGEN event in the York Hall, London, England, Team GB Olympic bronze medal winner Joshua Buatsi 2(2)-0-0 defeats Baptiste Castegnaro now 8(4)-13(2)-0 by TKO in the fifth round with an impressive display.
Buatsi starts the fight like a man on a mission as he lets some powerful shots fly. To counter Castegnaro ties Buatsi up on the inside. But Buatsi shows off his power and speed with a nice body shot with his left followed up by a nice combo to the head of Castegnaro.
In the second round Castegnaro nearly has head taken off his shoulders with a big right from Buatsi, who set it up nicely by feinting with his left. As a result Castegnaro goes defensive but Buatsi who is in the ascendency finds a way through Castegnaro’s tight defence with a straight left.
The third round sees Castegnaro trying to change his game plan as he lands a few nice shots. This round sees Buatsi taking an age to find his range again with many of his combos failing to land anything meaningful. But when he does find his mark it puts Castegnaro into some serious trouble as he tries to avoid any more trouble until the bell saves him.
The fourth sees Buatsi pick up where he had left off and goes for the finisher, a big body shot stumbles Castegnaro but Buatsi couldn’t capitalise as the French man lands a left of his own. Buatsi takes the fight up another gear and improves his accuracy with another big head shot to Castegnaro and another big body shot, with Buatsi not afraid to mix things up, he tries a nice left-right combo that lands and almost finishes Castegnaro. Castegnaero took some amount of punishment but still kept coming back for more. The fifth round sees the ref end the fight as the relentless Buatsi unleashes everything he has on Castegnaro.
Also on the card there were victories for former Olympians Joe Cordina and Lawrence Okolie defeating Jamie Speight and Blaise Mendouo respectively. Conor Benn extends his unbeaten record with a TKO win over Kane Baker, and Ted Chesseman won, in unusual circumstances, as his opponent Francesco Lezzi seen himself disqualified for pushing the referee. The remaining card sees victories for Felix Cash, Jake Ball, Danny Dignum and William Webber.