Olympic medalist Joshua Buatsi to decide on promoter with Team GB contract set to expire

Joshua Buatsi is set to decide his future in boxing with the Olympic medalist revealing that he is weighing up several offers as his Team GB contract winds down.

The light heavyweight emerged as one of the stars of the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro last summer, picking up a bronze medal after a series of sensational performances before eventually losing to Kazakh Adilbek Niyazymbetov in the semi-finals.

After coming down from the euphoria of Rio, Buatsi has confirmed he is assessing offers to turn professional, including Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing, Frank Warren’s Queensberry Promotions and unnamed US-based promoters.

“It [the Team GB contract] expires at the end of the month. By then I’ll have all my offers in front of me. I’ll have a clearer sense of direction of what to do.

“Yes, I’ve got offers from the obvious promoters,” Buatsi told Mirror Sport. “It’s for me to look around. From abroad as well. I’ll just say I’ve got them from abroad.

“When my contract comes to an end, it’ll be a situation of whether I extend it or not.”

Joshua Buatsi and Adilbek Niyazymbetov compete
Joshua Buatsi and Adilbek Niyazymbetov at Rio 2016
(Photo: REUTERS)

Buatsi has an explosive, entertaining style, which many believe would suit the professional side of the sport, and while a move to the pro ranks is not certain, the 23-year-old admits he has ‘pretty much’ decided where his future lies.

“I wouldn’t say [I am] in two minds [about whether to turn professional]. I pretty much know what I’m going to do,” Buatsi admitted. “It’s just for me to give myself some time to see whether it’s the right thing to do.”

Joshua Buatsi and Galal Yafai of Great Britain stretch during a Team GB Boxing media access session at Minas Tennis Clube on July 29, 2016 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.
Buatsi stretches while away with Team GB
(Photo: Getty Images)

Buatsi has also spoken about his warm reception from the public since starring at the Games, but remains grounded and focused on achieving more in his career.

“There’s a lot of love from people. I guess it’s something that comes with the Olympic Games,” explained Buatsi.

“I’m trying to embrace it and remain grounded. There’s more to achieve. This isn’t the end of it. There are higher things to aim for.”

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