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Buglioni confident of landing British title

PUBLISHED: 15:00 20 August 2013

Frank Buglioni with Mark and Jimmy Tibbs

Frank Buglioni with Mark and Jimmy Tibbs

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Londoner preparing for Copper Box outing

Frank Buglioni is confident he will create a whirlwind and rip through the super-middleweight division with a series of high-profile encounters that will culminate with a British title.

Buglioni has his 10th outing on September 21 at the first event at the Copper Box Arena, being headlined by Billy Joe Saunders’ huge British middleweight championship showdown with John Ryder which is live on Box Nation.

So far, Buglioni has impressed in his first nine pro outings, with six of his opponents failing to hear the final bell.

But with a new era in boxing about to kick-off at the Olympic Park, he is eager to step up in class and is looking towards the Southern Area title to springboard him to greater things.

“I’m really looking forward to the next 18 months. I want to pick up that Southern Area belt and then climb every step of the ladder to the top,” he said.

“There are a few opponents I’ve got my eye on that I’d like to meet over the 18 months. Callum Smith and Rocky Fielding are the sort of guys I’m looking at, and I think we’re all likely to meet as we progress towards the British title.

“Callum Smith and I spent two years together on the GB team and we know each other inside out. I know his weaknesses, the chinks in his armour and I’m sure he knows mine too, so it will make for a great fight.

“I’d take Chris Eubank Jnr tomorrow. He calls out the likes of James DeGale, so maybe he’d fancy a fight with Frank Buglioni to see if he can back up his boasts.

“He’s been fighting above the middleweight limit in all of his contests and has looked good, but whether he can fight at weight is another question, so maybe that will open the door to a fight between us at super middle.”

Buglioni was also full of praise for the way trainer Mark Tibbs is preparing him for his first 10-rounder at the Copper Box.

He added: “We analysed the last fight and saw a couple of things which we could work on and improve, which we are.

“Each fight at this stage is about learning and every day I’m learning more under Mark and I’m sure I will improve on my performance in July.”

Also on the card are controversial heavyweight Dereck Chisora and British welterweight champion Frankie Gavin, who is making the first defence of both the British and Commonwealth titles as he attempts to secure the Lonsdale belt outright.

Exciting British and Commonwealth super-flyweight champion Paul Butler faces Chile’s Miguel Gonzalez for the WBO Intercontinental title and there is also a Commonwealth super-featherweight title showdown between Liam Walsh and Joe Murray.

Michael Walsh also appears on the bill, looking to extend his 100 per cent perfect resume, and the hotly-touted Mitchell Smith has his first tilt at a title when he faces Scott Moises for the Southern Area super-featherweight belt.

Top Amateur stars Georgie Kean and Josh Leather debut on the card, with Kean looking to outsell even Buglioni’s fans.

Tickets for the Copper Box Arena show are priced at £40 Upper Concourse, £50 Lower Seating Bowl, £70 Floor and £120 Ringside and are available now on 0844 269 1000.


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