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Joshua Buatsi v Dan Azeez: Live updates, fight date, time, weights, undercard & how to watch

Re-live the drama of BOXXER Fight Night as Joshua Buatsi produced a clinical display to recapture the British & Commonwealth light-heavyweight titles on an action-packed night of boxing at London's Wembley Arena.

Joshua Buatsi v Dan Azeez: Live Updates
Joshua Buatsi v Dan Azeez: Fight Night Results
Joshua Buatsi v Dan Azeez: Rob Tebbutt's Tips
Joshua Buatsi v Dan Azeez: Bet Boosts >>
Joshua Buatsi v Dan Azeez: Industry Predictions
Joshua Buatsi v Dan Azeez: Tale of the Tape
Joshua Buatsi v Dan Azeez: All You Need to Know
 

Joshua Buatsi v Dan Azeez

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Last night's boxing results:

Joshua Buatsi beat Dan Azeez (UD)
Adam Azim beat Enock Poulsen (RSF)
Ben Whittaker beat Khalid Graidia (TKO)
Caroline Dubois beat Miranda Reyes (UD)
Jeamie TKV beat Kostaintyn Dovbyshche (UD)
Francesca Hennessy beat Laura Belen Valdebenit (UD)

All odds displayed on this page were correct at the time of writing and are subject to withdrawal or fluctuation at any time.
 

Fight Night Live - Updates
 

23:15
Joshua Buatsi beats Dan Azeez by Unanimous Decision

The judges have scored the bout:

116-110
117-109
117-109

And the new British & Commonwealth light-heavyweight champion, Joshua Buatsi!

What a performance that was, and credit to both fighters, because that was exceptional.
 

23:12
Buatsi v Azeez - Round 12

Wow, what a dust-up that was!

Buatsi had the chance to end the show in style there, and I'm not sure he really wanted to put his friend on the canvas for a third time.

I'm certain he could have put his foot down in the final 60 seconds and stopped Azeez, but just as he seemed on the verge of the stoppage, he stepped back and almost ran the clock down.

A huge hug at the end of the bout shows that this was all business, and the pair can remain close friends, with Buatsi the one, surely, moving on to a world title opportunity later this year.

Enthralling stuff.
 

23:07
Buatsi v Azeez - Round 11

Wow, two knockdowns for Buatsi and that was sensational stuff.

Azeez looks dead on his feet, and whether he went down because of a slippery surface or because of the impact of the shot, I'm not so sure.

Either way, they have been counted as knockdowns, and Azeez has a HUGE mountain to climb.

That was a10-7 round and Azeez needs a KO to retain his titles.
 

23:03
Buatsi v Azeez - Round 10

Another close round which was possibly stolen by Buatsi at the death with a stunning left hook.

The challenger to the British and Commonwealth title has been very impressive tonight, and is now 1/14 to capture the titles, with Azeez drifting out from 3/1 (pre-fight) to 12/1 with two rounds to go.
 

22:59
Buatsi v Azeez - Round 9

A cracking ninth round and far more success for Azeez who fights up close and personal - which Buatsi isn't liking.

Azeez landed plenty of solid shots there, but again Buatsi had success of his own - working well on the inside, firing hard at the body of his opponent.

The onus is undoubtedly on Azeez now, who knows he has to win these remaining rounds or get a knockout to win.
 

22:55
Buatsi v Azeez - Round 8

Azeez continues to soak up some heavy work from Buatsi, who senses his opponent is hurt late on in the round.

Azeez stands firm though, and both fighters know we are approaching those championship rounds.

Azeez has got to start targeting the body of Buatsi, who is landing with far more regularity now. The fight is still live but Buatsi is definitely ahead.
 

22:51
Buatsi v Azeez - Round 7

Again, tough to call, but the more eye catching work is, for me, coming from Buatsi.

Azeez is tireless in his approach, he is working the harder of the two, but he is having to do that given Buatsi appears to be landing the more classy and potent strikes.

The tempo is suiting Buatsi at the minute - he seems very much in control of the fight - Azeez possibly needs to make it a tad more messy and disrupt Buatsi's rhythm. 
 

22:47
Buatsi v Azeez - Round 6

A better round for Azeez, but again very difficult to score - there's really not much in any of them.

You could score this any way you want - and it will be interesting to see how the judges are seeing this...

I have got Buatsi one-up...
 

22:43
Buatsi v Azeez - Round 5

A right to the body and a left to the head - it was a really good start to round five for Buatsi, but Azeez is fighting fire with fire.

The underdog walks through a couple of hard shots to land some huge blows of his own, before Buatsi reasserts himself with two cracking strikes to the jaw in the final few seconds.

This is superb stuff.
 

22:38
Buatsi v Azeez - Round 4

Another really good round and one that I have scored in favour of Buatsi.

A solid uppercut rocked the head of Azeez, before a lovely two-punch combination inflicted more damage upon the underdog.

Buatsi is just starting to get a foothold on proceedings here, and that's showing in the odds too, with the Olympian 1/16 to win the fight.
 

22:34
Buatsi v Azeez - Round 3

A cracking final minute as the fight really bursts into life!

A difficult round to score - maybe I would just give it to Buatsi for how he finished - planting his feet and launching shots left, right and centre.

But Azeez had success in that battle too - a big overhand right looped over the defence to land flush on the chin of Buatsi.

This is shaping up nicely with the tempo upped by both fighters.
 

22:30
Buatsi v Azeez - Round 2

A couple of thumping right hooks land to the thick and solid body of Azeez, who in turn lands a couple of his own shots on the body of Buatsi.

Azeez really picking his shots - not wasting any energy on hopeful punches.

I like what I saw from Azeez there; he took that round for me.

Buatsi 1/7 to win the fight and Azeez drifting slightly to 6/1 - which surprises me a little.
 

22:26
Buatsi v Azeez - Round 1

Both fighters taking the centre of the ring, launching jabs - not quite the slow start that many had been expected, but much welcomed nonetheless. 

Azeez looking to work the inside with Buatsi attempting to use his size advantage to work well from distance.

An enjoyable and intriguing opening three minutes of action.
 

22:12
Joshua Buatsi v Dan Azeez - Latest Odds

Joshua Buatsi - By KO, TKO or Disqualification @ 21/10
Joshua Buatsi - By Decision @ 1/1

Dan Azeez - By KO, TKO or Disqualification @ 17/2
Dan Azeez - By Decision @ 6/1
 

22:00
Fabio Wardley v Frazer Clarke is ON!

HUGE news in the ring as BOXXER announce that Fabio Wardley and Frazer Clarke will finally face off in a British heavyweight title fight in March.

The bout has been scheduled for Sunday 31st March, with London's O2 Arena playing host to what promises to be a huge night of fighting action.

There's real bad blood between the two and we will see fireworks in the capital in a few weeks' time.

Get it on - it should be a cracker!
 

21:56
Rob Tebbutt's Joshua Buatsi v Dan Azeez Tips

Tebbutt's Tips

Joshua Buatsi to win 'By KO, TKO or Disqualification' @ 13/5 
Joshua Buatsi 'Between Rounds 7 - 12' @ 9/2 

Two unbeaten contenders, both on the fringe of a world title shot, and both friends and former sparring partners too, let's not forget. 

They will put that personal friendship to one side this weekend though, and personally speaking, this is a fight that I cannot wait to see. 

Joshua Buatsi had an enormous amount of hype around him during the early stages of his career but hasn't really been able to make the most of that in recent times, suffering from a lack of inactivity. 

Dan Azeez on the other hand has taken things step by step, winning the Area, English, British & Commonwealth and European light-heavyweight titles - leading to many in the business describing the upcoming bout as a genuine 50/50. 

For me though, I do feel that Joshua Buatsi is a decent favourite, and I believe that the best version of Buatsi beats Dan Azeez; but make no mistake about it, Joshua Buatsi has to be at his best this weekend if he is to get the win he craves. 

Where does the value lie in this fight? 

Well if you take a look at the outright market you can see that Buatsi is the sizeable 1/4 favourite, and I expect, given that they have shared the ring so many times before, they will ease into the fight and feel each other out during those initial rounds. 

Buatsi does possess that extra injection of power and pace, and I feel that he will be able to utilise that during those middle rounds to get his opponent out of there. 

Because of that I really like the price of 13/5 for Buatsi to win this fight at any time 'By KO, TKO or Disqualification', whilst I will also be taking a look at Buatsi to win the fight 'Between Rounds 7 - 12', which is available at 9/2. 

Of course, Azeez has been on a roll recently though and if you are a backer of the real in-form fighter coming into this bout then you can get a massive 6/1 on him prevailing via a Decision.
 

21:51
Up Next...

Here we go then... it's almost time for the main event and a fight a couple of years in the making!

This has the makings of an absolute classic as two friends become enemies with a world title opportunity on the line.

Joshua Buatsi is the pre-fight 2/7 favourite with Dan Azeez the outsider at 10/3.

Both fighters have their backers and both have their reasons for believing they will be victorious, but who will be celebrating victory in an hour or so time?
 

21:46
Azim wins it in the fifth round

Wow, what drama... Adam Azim wins the fight after Enock Poulsen is forced to pull out of the bout through injury.

It appears as though he has suffered a dislocated shoulder, and he looks in real pain.

What a shame as that was brewing into a really interesting fight!

Still, Azim gets the 'W' and he celebrates with that trademark backflip of his.

Another milestone ticked off for the European super-lightweight title as he defends his strap successfully for the first time.
 

21:42
Azim v Poulsen - Round 4

Another round in the bag for Azim, but Poulsen still looks sharp, and at the minute, it's difficult to see Azim finding that breakthrough.

He's 3/10 to get the stoppage before the final bell and 9/4 to win the fight on points - which as of yet, looks the most likely outcome.

That said, Azim can switch things up incredibly quickly, and there will be moments in the second half of the fight that he looks to put his foot on the gas.
 

21:38
Azim v Poulsen - Round 3

Poulsen has a really good solid defence, and Azim is going to have to really mix up his work and feint well to prize open his opponent's high guard.

Azim needs to touch Poulsen a little bit more before going in for that power shot, because up to now, those heavy shots are bouncing back off the gloves of his opponent.

No doubt that Azim is picking up the rounds now, but if he wants that statement stoppage then he may need to be a little cuter with his work.
 

21:34
Azim v Poulsen - Round 2

There's no doubt that Azim is the quicker and slicker of the two, but Poulsen is slippery too, and is having some success.

Not sure there is much catching the eyes of the judges ringside, but still it will be giving him belief and confidence of re-capturing the European super-lightweight title.

Azim landed a couple of solid jabs, one of which seemed to rattle the jaw of Poulsen.
 

21:30
Azim v Poulsen - Round 1

Both fighters looking incredibly sharp during the initial exchanges - not a lot to separate them, but in fairness, not many meaningful shots have landed.

Kind of expected them to both take a few rounds to ease into the fight and suss each other out, which is exactly what has happened.
 

21:13
Rob Tebbutt's Adam Azim v Enock Poulsen Tips

Tebbutt's Tips

Adam Azim 'Between Rounds 7 - 12' @ 6/4 

Chief support to the main event on Saturday night comes in the shape of Adam Azim, as he puts his European super-lightweight title on the line against Enock Poulsen. 

Azim enjoyed a really successful 2023, showing that he is much more than just a puncher, and gained some valuable rounds in victories over Santos Reyes and Aram Fanyan, before stopping the negative Franck Petitjean late on in their bout last time out. 

Azim has been showing a lot of improvement of late, displaying some patience and maturity in the paid ranks, and I feel he is going to have to do much of the same this weekend. 

That said, I do believe that he will have too much in his locker for the former European title holder, Poulsen. 

I do expect him to get the stoppage, although the 2/7 price to win 'By KO, TKO or Disqualification' is maybe a tad too short for me, so I will be looking at the British fighter getting the job done in the second half of the fight. 

Azim to win 'Between Rounds 7 - 12' is priced up at 6/4 and given that all three of his last outings have gone deep and that Poulsen is a decent and tricky operator, I feel there is value to be had in this bout playing out in exactly the same way.
 

21:08
Up Next...

The chief support to this evening's main event comes in the shape of Adam Azim v Enock Poulsen.

Azim has been touted as one of the stars in the future, and everything we have seen thus far backs up those claims.

Will he be equally as impressive when he defends his European super-lightweight title in a few minutes' time?

We've got Bet Boosts available on this fight, so why not check them out now...
 

21:05
Whittaker stops Graidia in round 5!

WOW - statement and a half from Whittaker, as he adheres to his corner's instructions and finishes the show in the fifth round!

What a fighter and technician this man is!

He has quality and talent in abundance. Some will like his showboating, others won't - but my word, he's an entertainer.

His second fight in eight weeks, and that was very impressive.

Let's not forget Graidia took Dan Azeez to points last year - this is a real signal of intent from Whittaker.
 

21:02
Whittaker v Graidia - Round 4

Another superb round for Whittaker who punishes his opponent from the first bell to the last.

You can see the frustration and anger in Graidia's eyes - he's becoming embroiled in a war, and he doesn't want to do that with Whittaker, whose cornerman is telling him to finish the job in round five!

Can he do it? He's 13/8 to do so...
 

20:58
Whittaker v Graidia - Round 3

Graidia has a little bit more intent to his work in the third but Whittaker is so slick and intelligent with his movement that he's making the Frenchman look a little silly at times.

He's slipping and sliding away from pretty much every punch thrown his way and countering with nice work to the body.

You can see the life being zapped out of Graidia with each minute of this fight, and you do sense that it's only a matter of time until Whittaker finds that telling shot.
 

20:54
Whittaker v Graidia - Round 2

Whittaker lands a monstrous left shot to the ribcage of Graidia - my word, that was huge,

Graidia sinks to his knees, bites down on his gumshield and beats the ten count, before the Surgeon gets back down to work, jabbing and tapping the head of his opponent with regularity.

This is really impressive stuff from Whittaker, who will already be sensing yet another stoppage success.
 

20:50
Whittaker v Graidia - Round 1

Whittaker using the feint well as he tries to gauge the work of Graidia.

Not too much showboating just yet, but the British fighter has sunk that right hook of his in to the kidneys of Graidia on a couple of occasions.

He's thrown a couple of lead right uppercuts too - including two in succession. It's fair to say that was a comfortable round for Whittaker against an, up to yet, very back-footed opponent.
 

20:38
Rob Tebbutt's Ben Whittaker v Khalid Graidia Tips

Tebbutt's Tips

Ben Whittaker 'Between Rounds 5 - 8' @ 21/10

This weekend's card also provides us the opportunity to see the latest steps of Ben Whittaker's professional career as he takes on Khalid Graidia. 

Whittaker has struggled with consistency so far within the paid professional ranks, and hasn't been as active as he would have liked because of injury. 

But we are seeing him back out again relatively quickly on the back of his win over Stiven Dredhaj in December against an opponent who will be quite familiar to boxing fans in Khalid Graidia. 

Graidia may be 41 years old, but he is very tough, very rugged and incredibly experienced - he also doesn't get stopped very often, so this is a really good leveller for Whittaker. 

Zach Parker is a very experienced fighter and a big puncher and he managed to stop Graidia last year, and if Whittaker is able to get the stoppage this weekend then it is going to come in the second half of their eight-round bout. 

Whittaker 'Between Rounds 5 - 8' is priced up at 21/10, but I also wouldn't be surprised to see the fight last the full 24 minutes, given the fact that Graidia has only been stopped twice in his 13 professional defeats to date. 

Whittaker does like to take his time, he likes to showboat as well, so it wouldn't come as too big a surprise to see Graidia take the fight to points, just as he did against Dan Azeez last summer.
 

20:30
Up Next...

Apologies for the delay in service this evening; we've encountered one or two technical issues, but fingers crossed, they have been rectified.

We've already seen victories for Francesca Hennessy, Jeamie TKV and Caroline Dubois, but now, attentions turn towards the sensational Ben Whittaker.

The Birmingham fighter is destined for a career at the very highest level, but will he deliver the stoppage victory he has been promising all week against the battle-hardened Khalid Graidia?

Well he is 3/10 to do just that and 12/5 to prevail on points, with his vastly experienced opponent 14/1 to win by any method.
 

Welcome to Buatsi v Azeez 'Fight Night Live'

Friends will become foes when Joshua Buatsi and Dan Azeez finally meet in an eagerly-awaited light-heavyweight clash at the OVO Arena, Wembley on Saturday night. 

Initially pencilled in for October, the contest was rescheduled after Azeez sustained a back injury in training and the delay has only heightened expectations for this seismic clash.

The undefeated duo have been refreshingly honest about their long-term friendship; the pair hail from south London, are University-educated and were forming sparring partners.

For many boxing rivals, it’s a case of setting aside their differences but in this instance, Buatsi and Azeez will need to set aside their similarities. In a fight of this magnitude, any ounce of empathy is a sign of weakness.

It’s fascinating how both reached this stage of their career. Where Azeez took the domestic route and battled through the small halls, Buatsi’s journey began from the decorated path of an Olympian. 

There is a frustration that’s encircled Buatsi, who is undoubtedly one of Britain’s most gifted fighters, because yet for his immense talent, he has sometimes flattered to deceive. 

Since winning bronze at the Rio 2016 Olympics, his career has been tailored for a world title fight and victory here would finally establish Buatsi as the leading contender in the ultra-competitive light-heavyweight division.

Buatsi is the favourite to win this bout at 1/4 and yet Azeez, priced at 3/1, has all the tools to conquer his long-time companion.

Whatever the outcome, we’re in for a spectacle.
 

Joshua Buatsi v Dan Azeez: Rob Tebbutt's Tips

Our resident boxing expert Rob Tebbutt's previews Saturday night's stacked BOXXER card and reveals where the betting value can be found across three of the standout bouts including Joshua Buatsi v Dan Azeez.

Joshua Buatsi v Dan Azeez Tips
Joshua Buatsi to win 'By KO, TKO or Disqualification' @ 13/5
Joshua Buatsi 'Between Rounds 7 - 12' @ 9/2

Adam Azim v Enock Poulsen Tips 
Adam Azim 'Between Rounds 7 - 12' @ 6/4

Ben Whittaker v Khalid Graidia Tips
Ben Whittaker 'Between Rounds 5 - 8' @ 21/10

READ MORE: Weekend boxing tips including Joshua Buatsi v Dan Azeez & Adam Azim v Enock Poulsen
 

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Joshua Buatsi v Dan Azeez: Industry Predictions

Hear from some of the biggest names in boxing as light-heavyweight stars Joshua Buatsi and Dan Azeez get set for their mammoth bout with a potential world title opportunity on the line. 

Callum Smith 
(Former world champion) 

Dan Azeez is on a good run of form since he has switched to BOXXER, and has a lot of momentum. He is the man in form, without a doubt. They are both evenly matches; I have spoken to Buddy McGirt over the sparring sessions they had, and I believe they were great to watch. For me, it's all down to who gets it right on the night. 

Frazer Clarke 
(Heavyweight contender) 

I can sense the rivalry between the two of them, Despite the fact that the two fighters are friends, the spite is most definitely there! As much as people are expecting an entertaining barnstormer, as far as Joshua Buatsi is concerned he has to make sure that isn't the case. He needs to use his pure boxing skill to win the fight. 

George Groves 
(Former world champion) 

It could be the best of the light-heavyweight scene domestically. I am so glad that both fighters have signed up for this, because these are the fights that you want to see. Write Dan Azeez off at your peril, because he is in great form. I cannot wait for the fight.

READ MORE: Joshua Buatsi v Dan Azeez: Industry Predictions
 

Joshua Buatsi v Dan Azeez: Tale of the Tape

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We analyse the credentials and statistics of Joshua Buatsi and Dan Azeez as the two light-heavyweights get set to put their friendship to the side in their quest for world domination.

 Joshua BuatsiDan Azeez
Age:3033
Nickname:N/A'Super'
Height:6ft 2ins5ft 10ins
Reach:74.5ins71ins
Weight:Light-heavyweightLight-heavyweight
Trainer:Virgil HunterBuddy McGirt
Record:17-0 (13 KO's)20-0 (13 KO's)
Last Fight:Won (UD) v Pawel Stepien (May2023)Won (UD) v Khalid Graida (July 2023)

READ MORE: Joshua Buatsi v Dan Azeez- Tale of the Tape: Weight, height, reach, trainer & professional boxing records
 

Joshua Buatsi v Dan Azeez: All You Need To Know

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Joshua Buatsi v Dan Azeez - Date

The Joshua Buatsi v Dan Azeez light-heavyweight clash will take place at the O2 Arena in London on Saturday 3rd February 2024.

The fight was originally scheduled for October, however an injury to Azeez means the bout has been put back a couple of months.

The contest is scheduled for 12 rounds, with the weight limit being 175lbs.
 

Joshua Buatsi v Dan Azeez - Time

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.
 

Joshua Buatsi v Dan Azeez - Venue

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.
 

How to watch Joshua Buatsi v Dan Azeez?

The light-heavyweight clash is a BOXXER event and will be shown live on Sky Sports Arena and Sky Sports Main Event.
 

Are there any belts on the line for Joshua Buatsi v Dan Azeez?

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.
 

Joshua Buatsi v Dan Azeez - Odds

Buatsi is the strong 1/4 favourite to win the fight and can be backed at 13/5 to claim a victory by KO, TKO or Disqualification.

Azeez, who is three years older than his opponent, is 3/1 to win the bout and 6/1 to win by Decision or Technical Decision.
 

Joshua Buatsi profile & record

17-0 (13 KOs)

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.
 

Dan Azeez profile & record

20-0 (13 KOs)

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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