Joshua Bouati tells Craig Richards that he will “pay the price” for his grueling training camp in California, and warns that he will “click the switch” in their match in anger … but “Spider” insists he has ” tools ”to stop his invincible opponent
- On Saturday night, Joshua Bouati will meet against British rival Craig Richards
- The light heavyweight star has promised to “click the switch” when he enters the ring
- He spoke of his tough camp in the US and said Richards would “pay the price”
- Richards, however, insists he is the best light heavyweight fighter
Joshua Bouati warned his opponent Craig Richards that he would “pay the price” for his grueling training camp in California and promised to “flip the switch” when the couple meets at Arena 02 this Saturday night.
Buati sets his flawless record against Spider in their British showdown after 15 wins in a row and may face the toughest fight of his career to date – while Richards enters it, reaching last year’s world champion Dmitry Bivol .
This fight was called “Battle for the South”. London‘, both men grew up in Croydon and Crystal Palaceand that’s what Buati took seriously after months after coach Virgil Hunter in the United States took him through his steps.
Joshua Bouati warned Craig Richards that he would “pay the price” for a tough camp on Saturday night
Buati (left) enters the fight as a favorite against Richards (right) after an undefeated career
He now insists that Richards “pay the price” for the hard work and dedication he put in during his camp
“The struggle in the camp – I know how I want to perform, and it’s time to show it,” he said at the final press conference.
“The camp was difficult and now someone else has to pay that price. If my camp was located in Brazil, I would stay there for five months. As life is now, I’m going where I need to improve. Coincidentally it was in California, so I was there. Where I have to be, there I will be. “
Buati and Richards clashed during a tense conversation filmed by DAZN this week, where the latter warned his opponent: “Your ego is your downfall.”
Tensions have risen between the two fighters after Richards told Buati, “Your ego is your downfall.”
Buati has promised to “click the switch” at 02 Arena to extend his impressive record
Buati stressed that every professional boxer has an ego, and said he will defeat Richards after he “clicks the switch.”
“There are always people who prove their mistake,” he added. “Spider says what he wants to say, but we are two days before the fight, so the conversation is over. We will find out on Saturday. The switch hasn’t clicked yet, but we’re still a few days away and the switch is sure to click.
“Every boxer has an ego. No one wants to lose. I win by remaining myself. You can look at the stats and say “this is what he usually does”. But I’ll bring it, and that’s how I fight. If I can get him out, I’ll do it. “
Richards insists he did not mean disrespect for his statements about the “ego”, and believes that he is “the best fighter in the division”, who has the “tools” to pass on to Buati his first loss.
“I’m a character who says what I want to say when I want to. I wasn’t rude, I just said my opinion. So I felt, voiced my opinion. This was not a disrespect to his amateur career.
Richards insists he’s the best light heavyweight fighter and has the “tools” to give him his first loss in boxing
“It’s not personal for Josh – I just think I’m the best in the division. I can adapt to fighters and I have IQ and abilities. Whatever tool I don’t need from the toolkit, I will use it to do so. I have the ability to defeat anyone.
“I believe I will win, otherwise I would not be,” he said. “All the fights I’ve had have put me in good success by studying week after week and I can show what I’m learning and how good I am.”
Richards made an impression while losing points to Russian star Buffalo, who dominated King Pound for Pound Canello Alvarez earlier this month. He claims he “didn’t have time” and could have had a better result by losing just one round.
“The most disappointing thing in that fight was that I didn’t have time to get over it and misjudged the rounds. Getting out after 12 rounds, knowing you have four more rounds, is annoying when I was only one round smaller. I was well back in the fight, got stopped [last time out] and since then I continue. What I will show on May 21.
“I have the tools to bring it out. Let’s see if it will happen on Saturday night. “