In his U.S. debut Saturday night at Madison Square Garden, 2016 Olympic bronze medalist Joshua Buatsi (11-0-0, 9KO) continued his ascent as a light heavyweight prospect, mowing down Marco Antonio Periban (25-5-1, 16KO) in the 4th round on the Anthony Joshua vs Andy Ruiz undercard.
It only took the 26 year old Ghanaian born British boxer a few rounds to begin finding his rhythm and pinpointing his attack on the 34 year old Mexican veteran who after spending the majority of his career at super middleweight and two years out of the ring, was making his return to action at light heavyweight.
As Buatsi put it, Periban “was a bit more slippery than expected” but reminded himself that he had 10 rounds to get the job done. And get it done he did, putting Periban down in the 4th round with a clean right hand. Periban got to his feet in an attempt to fight on, but was met with the strong finishing mentality Buatsi has shown early on in his pro career and the referee jumped in to halt the belt.
Post fight Buatsi stated that there is plenty of work to still be done, and honestly this was the ending anyone who has followed Buatsi expected when the fight was announced. That being said, Buatsi picks up his second win of the year and his U.S. debut on a massive stage was a hit, and he presses on to his next opponent of 2019.