Date: 2nd July 2017 at 10:04am
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Many inside the O2 Arena, in London, last night were eagerly awaiting the professional debut of Joshua Buatsi.

Buatsi, who won a bronze medal at the Rio 2016 Olympics, had delayed making his professional debut until he?d finished his degree studies.

At the Rio Olympics Buatsi was one of the most stylish boxers on display and it was hoped that his style would suit the professional game.

Matched against the Cuban boxer, Carlos Mena, Buatsi made an accomplished debut.

Boxing at light-heavyweight, Buatsi confidently picked his shots and had his opponent on the canvas three-times before the referee, correctly, intervened and stopped the fight.

Delighted by his charges performance Eddie Hearn, even though there are just six months of 2017 left, confidently predicted that Buatsi will fight a further four times this year.

On the evidence of what we?ve seen in the amateur ranks and last night, Joshua Buatsi looks to have a bright future.