Joshua Buatsi in no rush to follow domestic rivals into world title clashes

Joshua Buatsi would only rate his career so far as a five out of 10 – but wouldn't have it any other way.

The light-heavyweight prospect racked up his 13th professional victory on Sunday with a seventh-round stoppage of Marko Calic.

It was Buatsi's first outing for more than 400 days as he recovered from a slow start to end his opponent's unbeaten record.

And while he has watched domestic rivals Callum Johnson and Anthony Yarde swim with the sharks in world title fights, Buatsi is happier to tread in shallower water for now.

"I don't at all look at them and think I should have done that, everyone is totally different; we are different fighters with different abilities," he told Mirror Fighting.

"It's important to benchmark but not to compare, we are different teams with different beliefs so I don't look at them and wish I'd done what they've done.

"It's hard to score, but maybe I'd give myself a five, I haven't done badly. I could be sitting here saying I've had 13 fights and lost eight but I'm not so I'm always happy that I've got a 100 per cent record."

Buatsi is expected to return to the ring before the end of the year, perhaps on the undercard of mentor Anthony Joshua's world title clash with Kubrat Pulev.

And the 2016 Olympic bronze medalist believes he will have come on leaps and bounds after overcoming adversity against Calic.

He added: "You talk about learning fights and you while you wouldn't necessarily pick having your vision altered a little bit, that was the perfect learning fight.

"Calic was a good opponent; he's a good boxer, he has a good IQ and he came to win. The swelling of my eye wasn't in my favour but we found a way to grind it out and win.

"I just remained cool and calm and kept my composure, I felt I demonstrated keeping a cool head which saw me through the rounds in which the vision wasn't that good.

"I said if anyone was doing to quit it was going to be him first because I knew I was fit and that I'd put in months of working hard.

"At the end of the fifth round I landed a big shot and I had adjusted to the eye and so it was just a matter of time.

"I've had too long out of the ring to have any more time out so I want to get out as soon as possible.

"We've had a few dates mentioned but I need to let the swelling go down and I'll be back in the gym."

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