Meet the pro-boxing Palace fan who is supported by Anthony Joshua and Floyd Mayweather.
Joshua Buatsi is a name that will be becoming quite familiar within the coming months. He is an Olympic bronze medallist, and professional boxer from Croydon who is creating a buzz in the boxing world.
Buatsi, who medalled at the 2016 Olympic games in Rio, put turning professional on hold as he went back to university to complete his degree and has since won all seven of his professional bouts.
Talking to Palace TV at a Palace For Life Foundation event, he said: “My boxing gym is less than 100 metres from the Crystal Palace Stadium, when Palace play and they score I hear the roars and it pushes me in the gym.
“I’m with the same management company as Anthony Joshua, the Olympic gold medallist and unified heavyweight World Champion. I couldn’t ask for a better team and company to be with.
“It drives you and rubs off on you. You see someone who has paved the way and been and done it before and you hope you can do the same thing too.”
Buatsi hopes to be a World Champion himself one day and has been dealing with the pressure of being highly rated since a young age: “Floyd Mayweather got onto me after the Olympic games and he told me I’m going to be a future world champion.
“As an amateur you didn’t get to meet a lot stars in boxing. The odd times I do meet famous people or stars in their field it motivates me.”
The event that Buatsi attended was the Gloves not Gunz project that is run in partnership with Palace for Life Foundation.
The group meets weekly and gives young people a free fitness class, followed by a mentoring session on important issues such as gangs, weapons awareness and healthy relationships.
“I spoke to one of them (the kids) and I asked them what brings you here, he said ‘there’s a lot of trouble going on and this is time to get away from that’ in an estate or area like this, to have something that can take you away from distractions, the more things we can have like this the better. I started off in a club like this.”
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