Olympic boxing bronze medallist Joshua Buatsi uncertain over future
By Nathan Orr
Last Updated: 18/08/16 2:58pm
British bronze medallist Joshua Buatsi is uncertain about his future as he ponders whether to do another Olympic cycle or turn professional.
The London-based light-heavyweight shone in the early stages of Rio 2016, emphatically stopping Kennedy Katende and Elshod Rasulov.
However, the 23-year-old came unstuck at the semi-final stage, being outpointed by experienced Kazakhstani Adilbek Niyazymbetov.
Buatsi's performance at the games not only earned the praise of Floyd Mayweather, but undoubtedly caught the attention of professional boxing promoters.
"All I can say is that I am living in the moment. Everything I've been doing has been for this moment. What I am doing after that I am not sure. This is all I have dreamt of," he told Sky Sports News HQ.
Buatsi joins Joe Joyce and Nicola Adams as the medallists in the Team GB boxing team at Rio 2016, and while he was disappointed to not reach the final, the Ghanaian-born British boxer believes the Team GB staff deserve a huge amount of credit.
"I was an underdog, they did not have me down to win a medal. I worked so hard and gave 100 per cent to achieve that. To come here and win a medal, I am on top of the world.
"I was upset as I felt I could make the final. But I'm now settling for the bronze.
"We have three medals in the boxing. We need to take a step back and credit the coaching staff at Team GB. 12 out of 13 boxers qualified for the games. It shows that the training programme in Sheffield is working."