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Buglioni expects toughest night

PUBLISHED: 12:00 24 September 2015

Frank Buglioni is bidding for a world title this weekend

Frank Buglioni is bidding for a world title this weekend

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Frank Buglioni can look back on a long trek on the glory trail as he bids to upset the odds in a world title clash against the undefeated WBA super middleweight king Fedor Chudinov, from Russia, at Wembley on Saturday.

The road has taken Buglioni from the Repton club in Bethnal Green, where he earned amateur international status, then spent most of his pro career at Newham’s TKO gym trained by the famous father-and-son pairing of Jimmy and Mark Tibbs.

Buglioni’s professional career has brought him 17 wins and a draw, against just one defeat, and he has excited an army of fans who will be cheering him all the way as he battles to upset the world champion.

Chudinov had an outstanding amateur record, followed by 13 unbeaten pro fights, and is a strong 4-1 on favourite, but Buglioni, currently based at the Dublin gym of brothers Steve and Paschal Collins, sounds confident.

“Training has gone very well and I am expecting the toughest fight of my career, but I will give my best performance to become the WBA world champion,” said Buglioni.

Frank Warren’s title-studded bill, screened on BoxNation TV, includes a British duel between Ryan Walsh and Samir Mouneimne, as well as a Commonwealth clash between Lewis Pettitt and Bobby Jenkinson.

A WBO European clash between Bradley Skeete and Mark Thompson is also featured, along with a bout involving Jamie Cox and one featuring Canning Town’s Peacock gym light-middleweight Ahmet Patterson.

Unbeaten duo Romaeo Romeo and Eddie Hussein are featured on the undercard on a big night at Wembley.

*The show goes on for the Upton family after all three brothers were celebrating points wins on Saturday night and can now look forward to appearing on the next Goodwin bill on October 17.

The former West Ham amateurs had their army of fans around York Hall on their feet as Anthony Upton completed the treble success with his 10th win, outpointing Tottenham’s Mark McKray 60-55.

Brother Paul, now unbeaten in nine outings, started the victory parade as he proved too good for Latvian Zaurs Sadihovs (60-56).

Sonny Upton, like Paul a light-middleweight, overcame tough Gloucester journeyman Lewis van Poetsch with the sharper shots in a 60-54 victory

The Uptons are named on the promising October 17 bill which features Joe Mullender, Matty Askin, Leon McKenzie and the Southern Area title bout between Freddie Turner and Kris Agyei-Dua.

Light-middleweight Joey Vaughan, of Canning Town, scored his third straight pro win as he outpointed Portsmouth southpaw Lewis O’Mara.


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