London rivals Joshua Buatsi and Dan Azeez will meet in the ring in October, with the duo both looking for a future world title shot.
The light-heavyweight rivals are former sparring partners and friends, but both know what is at stake when they meet at the O2 Arena.
Buatsi is the more high-profile name, having turned professional after winning a bronze medal at the Olympics for GB in 2016.
Azeez took a different route, completing a degree in finance before building his way up through the professional ranks.
|What||Joshua Buatsi v Dan Azeez|
|Where||O2 Arena, London|
|When||Saturday, 21st October 2023|
|How to watch||Sky Sports|
|Odds||Joshua Buatsi , Dan Azeez 9/4|
The Joshua Buatsi v Dan Azeez light-heavyweight clash will take place at the O2 Arena in London on Saturday, 21st October.
The fight is scheduled for 12 rounds, with the weight limit being 175 pounds.
The main fight ring walk is due to start at around 22:00, depending on earlier bouts, with the undercard likely to begin at about 19:00.
The Joshua Buatsi v Dan Azeez fight will take place at the O2 Arena in London, which has a capacity of 20,000 spectators.
The likes of Carl Froch, Amir Kahn and David Haye have all fought at this venue before, along with the all-British clash between George Groves and James DeGale.
The light-heavyweight clash is a BOXXER event and will be shown live on Sky Sports.
There are no belts up for grabs in October, but the bigger picture for the winner is the chance to have a crack at a world title challenge.
Buatsi is a former British light-heavyweight champion, while Azeez won the vacant European light-heavyweight title against Frenchman Thomas Faure in March 2023.
Buatsi is the strong 1/3 favourite to win the fight and can be backed at to claim a victory by KO, TKO or Disqualification.
Azeez, who is three years older than his opponent, is 9/4 to win the bout and to win by Decision or Technical Decision.
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Buatsi has had 17 professional fights to date and is unbeaten, with 13 of the Croydon fighter’s victories coming via KO.
The 30-year-old is 6’ 2” in height with a 189cm reach.
Azeez, who is from Lewisham, has 20 professional bouts and remains unbeaten, with 13 of his fights won by knockout.
The 33-year-old is 5’ 10” and fights out of an orthodox stance, the same as his opponent.
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