Joshua Buatsi reveals he broke opponent's jaw, extends unbeaten record

After a tough win, Buatsi has been linked with a mouth-watering all-British clash against fellow light heavyweight contender Johnson in 2021.

2016 Olympian Joshua Buatsi defeated game Croatian Marko Calic inside seven rounds to retain his WBA International light heavyweight title in Milton Keynes.

The Croydon fighter took punishment for the first time in his professional career and endured a swollen eye in the process of earning his 13th consecutive win.

It was the 27-year-old's first fight in nearly 13 months - his last fight coming against Ryan Ford, who he stopped at London's O2 Arena."His jaw was broken," said Buatsi afterwards.

"In the third round I felt my swelling. I thought 'damn!' You do what you've got to do. He went southpaw so I looped the right hand. He hid it, but he was hurt. This guy said he was coming to burst the Buatsi bubble. I was here to defend it.

"People didn't know about him, the spectators and the public, but in our camp and within our team, we knew he was a good fighter. I was out for 400 days. We bit down on the gum shield and we got the win. This is a gentleman's sport, big credit to Marko Calic. I wish him nothing but the best. I wish him good health. Maximum respect to him.

"He came in and he gave me a good run for my money. I hope he gets home safely to Croatia. It was a hard fight but I learned. He didn't just come to make up the numbers. He was a good fighter, heading into our fight unbeaten. I couldn't see his right hands, I adapted. I dealt with it. If the World Title fight in 2021 opportunity is presented, and I've had the right fights, then absolutely."

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Buatsi vs Johnson next?

The question boxing fans want to know is, will Buatsi take on heavy-hitter Callum Johnson next?

Both men are represented by Matchroom Boxing so it should be an easy fight for Eddie Hearn to set up. Johnson has been inactive since nearly pulling off a shock upset over Artur Beterbiev in 2019.

Despite knocking the Russian down, the Joe Gallagher-fighter was stopped in the fourth-round. The other Briton who has been linked with the duo is former world title challenger Anthony Yarde. It could prove to be a golden era for British boxing at 175-pounds.

"Let's be honest, he is Matchroom's 'Golden Boy', or one of them," Johnson told Sky Sports.

"Personally, I'd like two fights and then Buatsi," he said. "I think the public deserves us both to be at our very best and it's only fair that I get a couple of fights before that.

"One thing for sure, he's going to get a couple of fights in before it. Let's have it on an even playing field. I genuinely believe the best me beats the best him. Couple of fights and I'll be ready to go.

"I just think I've got what it takes to beat him. He gets hit. He likes to trade shots himself and apart from Beterbiev, I had my moments with him, but there's not many fighters that can stand and trade with me.

"I can box very well as well, so I just think his style and what he brings, it doesn't pose me too many threats. I just feel I would get to him and catch him and do him.

"Again, it's all subjective, it's all opinions. There's a lot of people out there that think he'll beat me and there's a lot of people that think I'll beat him. Until that happens, we won't know anyway."

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