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Who won Buatsi vs Bolotniks?
Joshua Buatsi beat Ricards Bolotniks by technical knockout in the 11th round on Saturday 14th August 2021 at Matchroom Fight Camp in Essex.
The fight was scheduled to take place over 12 rounds in the Light Heavyweight division, which meant the weight limit was 175 pounds (12.5 stone or 79.4 KG).
This contest was for the WBA light heavyweight championship of the world.
Also, on the undercard Michael McKinson beat Przemyslaw Runowski, Raymond Ford defeated Reece Bellotti, Zelfa Barrett was victorious over Viorel Simion, Ukashir Farooq beat Gerardo Castillo and Joe Cordina defeated Joshuah Hernandez.
Buatsi vs Bolotniks stats
Joshua Buatsi stepped into the ring with an undefeated record of 14 wins, zero loses and 0 draws, 12 of those wins coming by the way of knock out.
Ricards Bolotniks made his way to the ring with a record of 18 wins, 5 loses and 1 draw, with 8 of those wins by knock out.
The stats suggested Buatsi had a massive power advantage over Bolotniks, boosting at 86% knock out percentage over Bolotniks' 44%.
Joshua Buatsi was the younger man by 3 years, at 29 years old.
Buatsi had a height advantage of 1 inch over Bolotniks.
Both Joshua Buatsi & Ricards Bolotniks fought out of an orthodox stance.
Buatsi was the less experienced professional fighter, having had 10 less fights, and made his debut in 2017, 3 year and 10 months later than Bolotniks, whose first professional fight was in 2013. He had fought 70 less professional rounds, 77 to Bolotniks' 147.
Joshua Buatsi went into the fight ranked number 2 by the WBA, 4 by the WBC, 7 by the WBO and 3 by the IBF at light heavyweight.
Ricards Bolotniks was ranked number 3 by the WBA, 5 by the WBO and 6 by the IBF in the 175lb division.
Buatsi vs Bolotniks form
Buatsi remained undefeated as a professional, stopping 5 of his recent opponents.
In his last fight before this contest, he had defeated Ricards Bolotniks on 14th August 2021 by technical knockout in the 11th round in their WBA Super World Light Flyweight eliminator fight at Matchroom Fight Camp, Essex, United Kingdom.
Previous to that, he had defeated Daniel Blenda Dos Santos on 15th May 2021 by technical knockout in the 4th round at Manchester Arena, Lancashire.
Going into that contest, he had beat Marko Calic on 4th October 2020 by technical knockout in the 7th round at Marshall Arena, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire.
Before that, he had won against Ryan Ford on 31st August 2019 by knockout in the 7th round at O2 Arena, London.
He had beat Marco Antonio Periban on 1st June 2019 by technical knockout in the 4th round at Madison Square Garden, New York, United States.
Buatsi's last 5 fights had come over a period of 2 years, 11 months and 23 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 7 months and 5 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 33 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 6.6 rounds on average.
Bolotniks' last 4 fights had come over a period of 3 years, 2 months and 1 day, meaning he had been fighting on average every 9 months and 16 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 25 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 6.3 rounds on average.
What time did Buatsi vs Bolotniks start?
The fighters were expected to ringwalk at around 10:00 PM BST at Matchroom Fight Camp, Essex, United Kingdom, which was 5:00 PM EST or 2:00 PM PST on the West Coast of America.
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What were the odds on Buatsi vs Bolotniks?
Joshua Buatsi was a (+100) underdog going into the contest, while Ricards Bolotniks made his way into the ring at (+100) with oddsmakers.