Joshua Buatsi vs Daniel Dos Santos: Frenchman won't last long

Boxer Joshua Buatsi
Joshua Buatsi expected to continue his rise to the top

We're back in Manchester for this weekend's British boxing fix. Betfair's Frankie Monkhouse can't see past another big win for Buatsi...

"The gulf in class between the two will be obvious from the opening bell."

Joshua Buatsi vs Daniel Dos Santos
Saturday, 22:00
Live on Sky Sports

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The big boxing nights just keep coming. On Saturday Eddie Hearn returns to the UK following his short stint in Texas promoting Saul Alvarez's stoppage win over Billy Joe Saunders. Matchroom Sports takes the show to Manchester with a star-studded line-up.

Some exciting British names feature on the bill. Of the seven bouts, five are for respected titles, including the European super-middleweight, cruiserweight and super bantamweight belts up for grabs.

Fight of the night sees Joshua Buatsi take on fellow unbeaten fighter Daniel Blenda Dos Santos of France for the WBA International light heavyweight title. Follow the action live on Sky Sports and bet at Betfair.

Big things expected of Buatsi

Buatsi is one of the hottest prospects in British boxing and many of the sport's top UK pundits predict a big future. The African-born Londoner is expected to become a world champion soon, possibly within the next 12 months. At present, Buatsi carries a proud 13-0-0 record with 11 of his wins coming inside the distance.

The 28-year-old fighting out of Croydon is currently ranked number one in the UK at light heavy and 14 in the world. The latter is a list topped by American Joe Smith Jr and Artur Beterbiev, the big-punching Russian with a 100% knockout average. Victory on Saturday would propel Joshua up the rankings.

The towering 6ft 2inch orthodox was last seen stopping Croatian Marko Calic in seven rounds. That eye-catching victory came late last year in Milton Keynes with Buatsi sending his victim to the canvas before Calic's corner team threw in the towel to save his man from further punishment. Buatsi is 1.021/50 on the Betfair Exchange to win again with another KO/TKO priced at 1.121/8.

Panthere unbeaten in 15

Dos Santos travels from France intent on extending his perfect professional record. The 30-year-old has won each of his first 15 outings, scoring eight by knockout. Despite his solid form, he is ranked seventh in his home nation and a lowly 122nd in the world which suggests the away fighter will be in over his head here.

A professional since 2016, Dos Santos eased through the early part of his career, stringing together several decent victories. He was consistent if not spectacular and has continued to edge his way up the pecking order. On paper, Daniel has an impressive record but his CV doesn't stand up under scrutiny. The level of opponent he has faced to date has been leagues below Buatsi. Will he cope with the leap up in class?

Panthere won his most recent fight by first-round knockout in April. That result would have done wonders for his confidence and helped prepare him for this bout but it's worth noting it came against an opponent who had won only three of 14. In fact, his last five opponents have suffered a total of 120 defeats. That may explain why Dos Santos is available at 2827/1 in the fight winner market.

Buatsi will get rid of his man early

Dos Santos is an undefeated fighter but is relatively untested. He now moves up to face Buatsi and the gulf in class between the two will be obvious from the opening bell. This looks likely to be another KO win for the Londoner.

Flicking through the form we note that Joshua has won each of his last two in round seven, but it would be a surprise to see this bout go into the second half. Take Buatsi to win by a first-half knockout.

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