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Joshua Buatsi tells Craig Richards he will ‘pay the price’ ahead of their grudge match

Joshua Buatsi tells Craig Richards that he will ‘pay’ the price ‘for his boring training camp in California and warns that he will’ turn the switch ‘in their wrestling match … rival

  • Joshua Buatsi will face British rival Craig Richards on Saturday night
  • The light heavyweight star promised to ‘hit a switch’ when he entered the ring
  • Speaking about his difficult camp in the US, he said that Richards ‘will pay the price’
  • Richards, however, insists he is the best fighter in the light-heavyweight division

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Joshua Buatsi warned rival Craig Richards that he ‘will pay the price’ for his demolished training camp in California and promised to change ‘the switch’ when the pair met this Saturday night at the 02 Arena.

Buatsi puts his error-free record on the line against ‘Spider’ in her British showdown to 15 consecutive victories and faces the toughest fight of his career to date – while Richards enters this after beating world champion Dmitri Bivol last year the distance taken.

This bolt is known as’ The Battle of the South London‘, with both men growing up in Croydon and Crystal PalaceAnd it’s one that Buatsi has taken seriously after months of being set up by coach Virgil Hunter in the United States.

Joshua Buatsi warned Craig Richards he’ll pay ‘the price’ for a tough camp on Saturday night

Buatsi comes into the fight as a favorite after an unbeaten career with 15 wins in a row

Buatsi comes into the fight as a favorite after an unbeaten career with 15 wins in a row

Richards is arguably his toughest opponent yet

Richards is arguably his toughest opponent yet

Buatsi (L) comes to the fight as favorite against Richards (R) after an unbeaten career

Now he insists that Richards ‘will pay the price’ for the hard work and dedication he put into his camp

‘The fight in the camp – I know how I want to perform and it’s time to show it,’ he said at the last press conference.

‘Camp was difficult and someone else has to pay that price now. If my camp was based in Brazil, I would be there for five months. As life is now, I go everywhere I need to be to improve. It happened in California, so that was where I was. Wherever I have to be, there I will be. ‘

Buatsi and Richards met during an exciting interview filmed by DAZN this week, in which the latter warned his rival: ‘Your ego is your downfall.’

Tensions grew between the two fighters after Richards told Buatsi: 'Your ego is your downfall'

Tensions grew between the two fighters after Richards Buatsi said: 'Your ego is your downfall'

Tensions grew between the two fighters after Richards Buatsi said: ‘Your ego is your downfall’

Buatsi promised to switch 'the switch' in the 02 Arena, as he tries to extend his impressive record

Buatsi promised to switch 'the switch' in the 02 Arena, as he tries to extend his impressive record

Buatsi promised to switch ‘the switch’ in the 02 Arena, as he tries to extend his impressive record

Buatsi stressed that every professional boxer has an ego and said he would defeat Richards after he ‘tapped the switch’.

“There are always people to prove it wrong,” he added. ‘Spider says what he wants to say, but we’re two days away from the fight, so talking is done. That we will know on Saturday. The switch is not switched on yet, but we are days away and the switch will definitely change.

‘Every boxer has an ego. Nobody wants to lose. I win by being myself. You can look at the statistics, and say “this is what he usually does”. But I’ll bring it and that’s how I fight. If I can get him out, I will. ‘

Richards insists he did not mean respect for his ‘ego’ remarks and believes he is the ‘best fighter in the division’ who has the ‘tools’ to give Buatsi his first loss.

‘I’m a character who says what I want to say, if I want to. I was not rude, I just said my opinion. That’s how I felt, I expressed my opinion. It was disrespectful to his amateur career.

Richards claims to be the best fighter in the light heavyweight division and has the 'tools' to give him his first ever loss in boxing

Richards claims to be the best fighter in the light heavyweight division and has the 'tools' to give him his first ever loss in boxing

Richards claims to be the best fighter in the light heavyweight division and has the ‘tools’ to give him his first ever loss in boxing

‘It’s not personal to Josh – I just believe I’m the best in the division. I can adapt to fighters and I have the IQ and the ability. Whatever tool I need from the toolbox, I will use it to get it done. I have the ability to beat anyone.

“I believe I will overcome or I would not be here,” he said. ‘All the fights I’ve taken put me well informed, learn week after week, and I can show what I’m learning and how good I am.’

Richards was impressed during his points loss to Russian star Bivol – who dominated pound-for-pound King Canelo Alvarez earlier this month. He claims he ‘did not go through his gears’ and could have had a better result after losing by just one round.

‘The most disappointing thing about that fight was that I could not go through my gears and misjudge the rounds. Getting out after 12 laps knowing you still have four laps in you is annoying when I was only one lap down. I’ve had a good comeback, got the stop [last time out] and since that time I go on. I will show on May 21 what I’m up to.

‘I have the tools to get him out. We’ll see if it happens on Saturday night. ‘

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