Boxers miss out as show is cancelled

PUBLISHED: 11:36 15 March 2012

Trainer Jimmy Tibbs (left) and Billy Joe Saunders

Trainer Jimmy Tibbs (left) and Billy Joe Saunders


There was disappointment for TKO Gym-mates Billy Joe Saunders and Frank Buglioni who were due to appear on London boxing’s first big show of the year at Wembley Arena on Friday night, as the whole bill was cancelled this week.

The Frank Warren show, topped by the British title top-liner between champion George Groves and Scot Kenny Anderson, was called off by the promoter when he announced the Londoner had been injured in training.

With a Southern Area title belt already won, former Olympian Saunders is clearly hungry for more middleweight honours, after 13 straight victories as a pro. His progress has been checked because of hand problems and another delay is clearly the last thing he wanted.

It is also a let down for Buglioni, another hard-hitting middleweight who has stayed unbeaten in a trio of pro appearances – two first round victories in spectacular style, followed by a points success.

Promoter Warren said: “Of course it’s bitterly disappointing for all the boxers involved, but in sport injuries occur and there is very little anyone can do about it. With George withdrawing from the main event I have had no option but to postpone the whole card until a later date.”

■ British cruiserweight contender Tony Conquest was the latest visitor to the Fight for Peace Academy in North Woolwich recently where he filmed some boxing moves for Luta, the clothing range associated with the Fight for Peace charity.

The undefeated Southern Area champion met up with an old friend, coach Mark Massow, during his visit to the gym.

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