Joshua Buatsi is a serious problem.
The 25-year-old light-heavyweight turned in a devastating performance with a lightning first round knockout win over Renold Quinlan at the O2 Arena last night.
The victory marked Buatsi's ninth straight win since turning professional, and means he's now finished each of his last three fights inside the opening round. The finish came when Buatsi landed a series of devastating left hooks, dropping Quinlan to the canvas twice in a matter of seconds.
The Croydoner was fighting in front of his mentor Anthony Joshua, and delivered a performance that seals his status as one of British boxing' biggest prospects moving into 2019:
"The performance couldn’t have gone better in the sense that I got the win and he’s okay – I’m okay – so it couldn’t have gone better. He got caught with a good shot and at this weight we can all punch.
2019 holds a lot – hopefully we’re heading in the right direction so we’re just hoping for bigger and better things. To keep progressing, keep learning and get bigger and better wins."
It's been a big year for Buatsi in and out of the ring, with the Olympic medalist recently starring in a campaign for Nike that told the story of his career so far and the "Lone Wolf" mentality that's driving his come up.
Joshua Buatsi is taking over in 2019.