Both British light-heavyweights will enter Wembley Arena unbeaten, but – barring a draw – only one will leave with his record intact and with a second reign as British champion under way.
Thirty-year-old Buatsi, a former British title holder and Olympic medalist, last fought in May, beating Pawel Stepien on points. Azeez – who also previously held the British belt – then fought in July, outpointing Khalid Graidia.
Buatsi (17-0, 13 knockouts) and Azeez (20-0, 13 KOs) were initially due to fight each other in October, but Azeez, 34, suffered a back injury in the final session of his training camp, leading the bout to be postponed.
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When is the fight?
Buatsi vs Azeez will take place on Saturday 3 February at the OVO Arena in Wembley, London.
The main card is due to begin at 7pm GMT (12pm PT, 2pm CT, 3pm ET), with ring walks for the main event set to follow at around 10.30pm GMT (3.30pm PT, 5.30pm CT, 6.30pm ET).
How can I watch it?
In the UK, the fights will air live on Sky Sports Arena (from 7pm GMT) and Sky Sports Main Event (from 8.30pm GMT). The action will also stream live on the broadcaster’s Sky Go app.
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Buatsi – 1/4
Azeez – 3/1
Draw – 16/1
Joshua Buatsi vs Dan Azeez (light-heavyweight)
Adam Azim (C) vs Enock Poulsen (European super-lightweight title)
Caroline Dubois vs Miranda Reyes (vacant IBO women’s lightweight title)
Ben Whittaker vs Khalid Graidia (light-heavyweight)
Francesca Hennessy vs Laura Belen Valdebenito (bantamweight)
Jeamie Tshikeva vs Kostiantyn Dovbyshchenko (heavyweight)