Trio target world title success
PUBLISHED: 09:00 30 July 2015
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Hopefuls claim quick wins at Wembley
Billy Joe Saunders, Frank Buglioni and Ovill McKenzie were predicting world title success after scoring warm-up wins at Wembley where they stopped imported rivals.
Saunders was back at his West Ham gym this week, before jetting off for Spain to continue his build-up up for his September 19 WBO world title clash with Andy Lee in Thomond Park, Limerick.
Buglioni is happy with the new date of September 26 for his delayed world title bid against Russian champion Fedor Chudinov for the WBA super-middleweight title.
McKenzie, based at Canning Town’s Peacock gym, produced the quickest win of the trio, but faces the longest wait for his big chance and eagerly hopes good news will come soon.
Lee was watching at ringside as his challenger Saunders, boxing for the first time since November, sharpened up by beating Frenchman Yoann Bloyer in four rounds at Wembley.
Powerful rights floored Bloyer, before the referee moved in and Saunders said: “I was just shaking off the ring rust and taking my time, but I’ll be a totally different animal on September 19 in Limerick – just wait and see.
“I’m straight back in the gym and then we’re off to Marbella for the serious, hard, training – when the blood, sweat and tears will begin.”
Buglioni destroyed Mexican Fernando Castaneda inside five rounds to clear the way for his clash with Chudinov who withdrew from their scheduled clash with a broken nose sustained in sparring.
Undefeated Chudinov has a perfect record of 13 wins with eight stoppages, but the challenger is confident he will upset the odds in September. “I’m coming for Chudinov and his world title now,” said 26-year-old Buglioni. “I got rid of Castaneda with a good performance now I can’t wait to get to Chudinov.
“It’s going to be a huge night at the SSE Arena. I’m not dismissing him, just confident in my abilities.”
Big-hitting veteran McKenzie had too much power for Finnish rival Janne Forsman who was shaken by powerful rights and looked relieved as the referee intervened in the second session.
“He had only been stopped once before in the 11th round so I was pleased to halt him in two,” smiled McKenzie. “Now I want the chance to bring the world title back to the UK and it will come, believe me.”
n Charlie Duffield, the West Ham light-heavyweight who reached the ABA finals in 2010, is set to launch his professional career.
Duffield, who was beaten in the 2010 ABA 81kg final by Newcastle’s Lawrence Osueke, has been taking a break from the sport, but has since returned to the gym to train for a pro campaign.
He is booked for a paid debut in a four-round contest on the Goodwin promotions York Hall show in October.