Joshua Buatsi vs Craig Richards

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Joshua Buatsi vs Craig Richards
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Date: 
Saturday, May 21, 2022
Rounds Scheduled: 
12
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Official Judging
Bob Williams 115 - 113
Gustavo Padilla 115 - 113
Jan Christensen 116 - 112

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Fan Cards: Joshua Buatsi vs Craig Richards


scorecard by DIEGOYEYE
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
JOSHUA BUATSI
10
10
9
10
10
10
10
9
9
10
9
10
116
CRAIG RICHARDS
9
9
10
9
9
9
9
10
10
9
10
9
112


scorecard by RUTHLESS-RKO
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
JOSHUA BUATSI
10
10
9
10
10
10
10
9
9
10
10
10
117
CRAIG RICHARDS
9
9
10
9
9
9
9
10
10
9
9
9
111


scorecard by POWERPUNCHER999
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
JOSHUA BUATSI
10
10
9
10
10
10
10
9
10
10
9
10
117
CRAIG RICHARDS
9
9
10
9
9
9
9
10
9
9
10
9
111


scorecard by BEPIROS
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
JOSHUA BUATSI
10
10
9
10
10
9
10
9
9
10
10
10
116
CRAIG RICHARDS
9
9
10
9
9
10
9
10
10
9
9
9
112


scorecard by BABOON123
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
JOSHUA BUATSI
10
10
9
10
10
10
10
9
9
10
10
10
117
CRAIG RICHARDS
9
9
10
9
9
9
9
10
10
9
9
9
111


scorecard by LUKASZRPB
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
JOSHUA BUATSI
10
10
9
10
10
10
10
9
9
10
9
10
116
CRAIG RICHARDS
9
9
10
9
9
9
9
10
10
9
10
9
112


scorecard by DEANISBLIND
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
JOSHUA BUATSI
10
10
9
10
10
10
9
9
9
10
9
10
115
CRAIG RICHARDS
9
9
10
9
9
9
10
10
10
9
10
9
113


scorecard by MBUCK
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
JOSHUA BUATSI
10
10
9
10
10
10
10
9
9
10
10
10
117
CRAIG RICHARDS
9
9
10
9
9
9
10
10
10
9
9
9
112


scorecard by ABURIUS
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
JOSHUA BUATSI
10
9
9
10
10
10
9
9
9
10
9
10
114
CRAIG RICHARDS
10
10
10
9
9
9
10
10
10
9
10
9
115


scorecard by GOLD
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
JOSHUA BUATSI
10
10
9
10
10
10
10
9
10
10
9
9
116
CRAIG RICHARDS
9
9
10
9
9
9
9
10
9
9
10
10
112


scorecard by VC1088
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
JOSHUA BUATSI
10
10
9
10
10
10
10
9
9
10
9
10
116
CRAIG RICHARDS
9
9
10
9
9
9
9
10
10
9
10
9
112


scorecard by MRCHICKEN
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
JOSHUA BUATSI
10
10
9
10
10
10
10
9
9
10
10
10
117
CRAIG RICHARDS
9
9
10
9
9
9
9
10
10
9
9
9
111


scorecard by ALLYBLAACK
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
JOSHUA BUATSI
10
9
9
10
10
10
10
9
10
10
9
9
115
CRAIG RICHARDS
9
10
10
9
9
9
10
10
9
9
10
10
114


scorecard by CHAMPION97
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
JOSHUA BUATSI
10
10
9
10
10
10
10
9
10
10
9
9
116
CRAIG RICHARDS
9
9
10
9
9
9
9
10
9
9
10
10
112


scorecard by LEO MASTER
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
JOSHUA BUATSI
10
10
9
10
10
10
10
9
9
10
9
10
116
CRAIG RICHARDS
9
9
10
9
9
9
9
10
10
9
10
9
112


scorecard by CHRIS M95
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
JOSHUA BUATSI
10
10
9
10
10
10
10
9
9
10
9
10
116
CRAIG RICHARDS
9
9
10
9
9
9
9
10
10
9
10
9
112




Comments

charliemason's picture

Buatsi points 117-111 mainly

Chris M95's picture

Canelo Alvarez is rumored to be fighting for a third time near the end of 2022
The winner of this fight especially if its Buatsi and John Ryder are front runners rn to land that fight all assuming Alvarez ain't losing his other 2 fights either

I really doubt Buatsi fights Canelo.

Jarod Killian's picture

after da last performance I'd be shocked if Canelo fights anyone above 168 EVER again unless it's a very winnable proposition. didn't he start backpedaling from "yeah, I want that immediate rematch this ain't going to end like this" right after the fight to "we'll see" a couple of minutes later at the press conference?

Chris M95's picture

predicting a Draw Craig Richards is a 4/1 underdog damn near everyone I seen is predicting Buatsi with only Dazn employees and fighters who know Richards like Dubois even calling it a 50 50 fight going in
Richards may be harder to hit and could keep Buatsi on the end of jab for extended periods in earlier rds but Buatsi would be the more active fighter especially in the second half of the fight throwing combos culminating in landed body shots

Champion97's picture

Prediction.

This is a step up for Buatsi, and a good test, Buatsi has the better amateur background, but Richards is the more experienced professional, he has a great chin, he hits very hard, and if he lands clean, it will be interesting to see Buatsi's chin tested. The battle of the jabs will be interesting and important, both have very purposeful jabs, if one can beat the other to the jab, they can set up their right hand, and force the other to open up and take risks. It will be interesting to see if Buatsi can hurt Richards if he lands a great shot, and how Richards holds up physically down the stretch if Buatai attacks in volume. I think Buatsi is defensively better than Richards, he's definitely faster in hand and foot. Richards judges distance, has good awareness, sees shots coming, it will be interesting to see if he can make Buatsi fall short, and how Buatsi is able to set up his shots.

I think both finders will land the jab in the early rounds, Buatsi will be more aggressive, will put Richards briefly on the defensive, but when Richards lands the counter right hand, he will get Buatsi's respect, and negate his momentum. I think Richards will out jab Buatsi in the mid rounds, will beat Buatsi to the right hand, and back him up, but Buatsi will be ahead with the feet, will step into range, and will out work Richards, will attack head and body, will make it hard for Richards to get his shots off, and Richards will be an easy target in the pocket. I think Richards will be competitive in the late rounds, but Buatsi will finish strong.

My prediction is Buatsi by UD, I think Richards will have success, and it will be closer (unofficially) than the Bivol fight, I wouldn't be surprised if Richards won, Buatsi has a lot to prove. It would be a statement from Buatsi if he stopped Richards, but I doubt he will.

Champion97's picture

Great learning fight for Buatsi. Buatsi did very well to beat Richards to the jab as easily as he did, he judged the distance well, his punch selection was good, and he made it hard for Richards to work, but his pacing and tactical discipline were poor, I think he was affected mentally by both the referee and the back and forth trash talk from before the fight, he didn't pressure Richards consistently because he punched himself out several times after landing a good shot, his defence got worse as the fight went on, I think both fighters were hurt at different times, but both recovered well, Richards had slightly more in the tank in the late rounds. I think Buatsi has the potential to beat an opponent as good as Richards fairly easily.