Joshua Buatsi humbled by Floyd Mayweather Jr comments at Olympic Games

Joshua Buatsi in action at the Rio Olympics on August 14, 2016
Great Britain's Joshua Buatsi says that Floyd Mayweather Jr has tipped him to become a future world champion in the professional ranks.

Great Britain's Joshua Buatsi has said that he was humbled to meet Floyd Mayweather Jr during his time at the Olympic Games.

On Sunday night, Buatsi ensured that he would leave Rio de Janeiro with at least a bronze medal with a dominant win over fourth seed Abdelhafid Benchabla, and the light-heavyweight has revealed that Mayweather Jr had some kind words for him after his win over the Algerian.

The 23-year-old told BBC Sport: "He said to me he had heard about me before I got here and that I was a great fighter, a future world champion.

"It was good to hear that from someone like Mayweather, who I think is the greatest boxer of our generation.

"I want to dominate in every way I can, and I want more than bronze. I will give it everything that I've got to make sure I get a gold."

Buatsi will attempt to reach the gold-medal match when he faces Kazakhstan's Adilbek Niyazymbetov on Tuesday night.

Team GB's Joshua Buatsi on May 29, 2015
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