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Olympic medalist Joshua Buatsi makes impressive pro debut

Olympic bronze medalist Joshua Buatsi kicked off his professional career in winning style with a second-round stoppage of Cuban Carlos Mena.

The 24-year-old, who impressed in reaching the semi-finals of the light heavyweight division in Rio last summer, was never troubled on debut at the O2 Arena in London.

Joshua Buatsi (left) turns away as referee Ian John-Lewis steps in to stop his first professional fight against Carlos Mena. Paul Harding/PA Wire/PA Images
Mena, who came into the contest with four wins from 10 fights, was clearly in some discomfort after just 15 seconds as Buatsi caught him with a couple of left hooks.

A flurry of shots to the body left Mena on the canvas with 30 seconds left of the opening round, but to the Spain-based fighter's credit he got up and survived to the bell.

A second knockdown followed 20 seconds into the second round, and Mena was floored for a third time before referee Ian John-Lewis stopped the fight.

Earlier on the undercard, Buatsi's fellow Olympian Lawrence Okolie made it four first-round knockouts from as many professional contests as he beat Russell Henshaw, while Conor Benn -- son of former super middleweight champion Nigel -- stopped Mike Cole in the third round to make it seven wins out of seven.

Source: http://www.espn.com/boxing/story/_/id/19784259/olympic-bronze-medalist-joshua-buatsi-makes-impressive-pro-debut

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