Periban has not fought in two years
Eight days before showtime, light heavyweight Joshua Buatsi finally has an opponent for his appearance on the June 1st Anthony Joshua-Andy Ruiz Jr. undercard: former super middleweight title challenger Marco Antonio Periban.
. @boxingbuatsi will make his US debut next Saturday against Mexico’s Marco Antonio Periban at the Mecca of boxing @thegarden ! All live on @skysportsboxing @DAZN_USA – going to be a huge night! pic.twitter.com/5Akhua0mC3
— Eddie Hearn (@EddieHearn) May 24, 2019
Between this and Callum Smith confirming his fight with Hassan N’Dam, I believe that’s the last of the TBAs for the moment.
Periban (25-4-1, 16 KO) would have been the first Mexican super middleweight champion had his majority decision brawl with Sakio Bika gone his way in 2013, but the defeat instead kicked off an 0-3-1 skid that saw him draw with Badou Jack before losses to J’Leon Love and James DeGale. A five-fight winning streak followed, which was snapped by Avni Yildrim in May of 2017.
This will be his first fight since.
Buatsi (10-0, 8 KO) has knocked out his last four opponents in under six cumulative rounds. His last bout, the longest of the four, saw him stop Liam Conroy to claim the British light heavyweight belt.