Whyte vs Parker: Joshua Buatsi can boost WBC ranking with a win over Ricky Summers
Last Updated: 10/07/18 11:11am
Joshua Buatsi can propel himself up the WBC rankings when he battles Ricky Summers for the WBC international belt at The O2.
The 25-year-old light-heavyweight takes on Summers, a former British title challenger, on the undercard for Dillian Whyte's heavyweight clash with Joseph Parker on July 28, live on Sky Sports Box Office.
It's a swift return to action for Buatsi, who produced a ruthless stoppage of Stephane Cuevas at the same venue in May.
"Fighting for my first belt definitely adds excitement," said Buatsi. "It is helping to fuel the work I'm doing in training as it adds a physical reward for all the effort I'm putting in.
"Our paths have crossed once, Ricky seemed a good guy. My debut was on the undercard of his British title shot against Frank Buglioni last July. I know that he will train hard, is going to come to fight and will have the desire to win, so it is all set up to be an exciting fight.
"I'm back fighting at The O2 and I'm going to make it the 'Lion's Den'. I love fighting there and plan to put on a show to create an incredible atmosphere when we are in the ring.
"My team have the experience and knowledge to guide my career and to make the correct decisions which allows me to prepare and continue to improve, I can't wait."
On an exciting bill, Kell Brook clashes with Brandon Cook in a world super-lightweight title eliminator, while Katie Taylor defends her WBA and IBF world lightweight titles against Kimberly Connor.
Heavyweight Dereck Chisora also faces Carlos Takam in a must-win fight and Conor Benn will have a rematch with Cedric Peynaud following his dramatic win over the Frenchman last December.
Dillian Whyte will face Joseph Parker at The O2 on July 28, live on Sky Sports Box Office.