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Joshua Buatsi to face Renold Quinlan on Dillian Whyte vs Dereck Chisora undercard

Joshua Buatsi will defend his WBA international light-heavyweight against Renold Quinlan on the Whyte-Chisora undercard later this month.

Undefeated Buatsi made his name by landing bronze at the Olympic Games in Rio two years ago.

And he has enjoyed an excellent start to life as a professional with eight wins in as many fights.

The 25-year-old Brit blitzed Frenchman Tony Averlant last time out in Newcastle back in September.

And he is looking forward to a tougher challenger in Aussie fighter Quinlan at London’s O2 Arena on December 22, who fought Chris Eubank Jnr last year.

“Renold Quinlan is a good solid fighter,” said Buatsi, speaking to Matchroom Boxing.

“I’m hoping that he will give me the rounds that I need because my last two fights have gone early.

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“He’s a very tough man and a proud Australian, he’ll be coming to fight.

“This isn’t about the title, it’s about getting the experience under my belt and pushing on.”

Quinlan has dismissed Buatsi’s chances, however, and has warned him to expect a difficult night.

“I’ve seen bits of Buatsi and he’s nothing special,” said Quinlan.

“He hasn’t fought anyone like me yet and I can’t wait to give him a great fight. I’m delighted to be returning to the UK on such a big card and I’ll be putting on a great performance for all my UK fans.”

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Buatsi, meanwhile, is working with sports brand giants Nike to create a bespoke training camp in his hometown Croydon to offer 50 young people the chance to earn a personal trainer qualification for free.

The programme is only on offer to young people living in the London borough of Croydon and Buatsi will be on hand to deliver his own masterclasses.

For more information and how to apply, visit the Nike website.

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