Buatsi and Azeez are both from South London, the former from Croydon, the latter from Lewisham. They know each other well and have sparred and trained together previously. But they are both world class boxers and knew during their rise to the top their paths would eventually have to cross.
Both are in their prime and ready to put it all in the line in pursuit of London bragging rights and ultimately a world title shot.
Although they both began their boxing journeys in the same part of London, they've taken different paths to reach this point.
The undercard is set to feature the clash of Joshua Buatsi vs Dan Azeez.
Date: Saturday, October 21.
The undercard will get going from 6pm before the main event ringwalks get underway at around 10pm. The 12-round light-heavyweight contest is being held at The 02 Arena in London.
"We've been friends for years but there's too much on the line here for either of us to say no to this fight.
"We can be friends again afterwards but on October 21 it's all business. I'm preparing to beat the best version of Dan Azeez and I'm doing everything I need to do to achieve that, whether that's by decision or knockout."
"I've earned my way to get to this stage of my career and there's still more to earn and prove. This fight is another step closer to the top and it means a lot to me, so I'm preparing like I always do for everything and anything in order to be victorious come October 21."