Frank Buglioni has said there is not a light-heavyweight in Britain who he believes can beat him ahead of his clash with Ricky Summers this weekend at the ‘Summertime Brawl’ at the O2, Greenwich.
The 28-year old from Enfield, London (19-2-1) faces Summers (13-0-0) in the first defence of his British Light Heavyweight title on Saturday but already has his eye set on WBA champion, Nathan Cleverly.
Buglioni, who lost his first world title challenge against Fedor Chudinov, who was recently defeated by George Groves, told Sky Sports –
“There’s no light-heavyweight in Britain that can beat me, including Cleverly, so line them up.
“It’s a new chapter in my career. Hosea is above British level and I beat him so I think that shows how good I am. I want to win the Lord Lonsdale belt outright and then move onto European and world honours.”
Defending his title that he won in arguably the best fight of 2016 against Hosea Burton last December, when he stopped him in round 12 of the epic showdown; a rematch could also be on the cards, but first he faces unbeaten Summers from the West Midlands.
Ricky ‘Digger’ Summers is a well-matched opponent on paper with both fighters standing at 6ft 1 and fighting orthodox stance. However, Buglioni feels he is just a better class of fighter than the 29-year old Midlands challenger. His forward-footed style and unwavering determination will be difficult to contest and Buglioni is keen to show off his skills and hard-work he has put in in training camp on such a huge stage at The O2.
— TeamBuglioni (@TeamBuglionii) June 29, 2017
The ‘Wise Guy’s’ experience will also count in his favour, having fought 110 rounds in his professional career compared to Summer’s 60. Fans have also been quick to point out that Summer’s hasn’t really fought anyone of note, but this is something the 29-year old himself agrees with, stating that now is his big chance on an even bigger stage.
That guy Ricky Summers has never beaten anyone with a winning record. And his last fight was a points victory over a dude with 73 losses….
— Margarito Murray (@McCetch) June 6, 2017
But Summer’s is keen to silence Buglioni’s confidence. Currently unbeaten he has sparred with the likes of Carl Froch and Nathan Cleverly and whilst he is the under-dog, he should not be overlooked by any means.
He has waited patiently for his chance after Buglioni was forced to pull out of their scheduled clash originally back in March after obtaining a nasty cut in sparring.
“I felt sick with the injury at the time but I’m raring to go now,” Buglioni told Sky Sports. “I saw the surgeon and he said that my skin is fine and that I’m not susceptible to cuts, so that’s a positive for me. It was the head guard that caused it, so we’ve changed that.
“I live in the gym, always keeping sharp and fit, so it was a setback but I’m on track and I’m thrilled to be topping the bill at The O2.”
It was then rescheduled to June 3, only to be called off once again when the headliner, Dillian Whyte sustained an injury which lead to the fight night being called off. But July 1st is the date it will finally take place and both fighters are raring to go.
Summer’s believes that the ‘Wise Guy’ is pretending to overlook this weekend’s challenge on purpose and it is all just the usual pre-fight mind games.
He told Boxing News 24: “They don’t call him ‘the Wise Guy’ for nothing, he’s a smart kid. He probably wants to think that he’s underestimated me.
“I’ve seen on social media that he’s been training hard and I’m expecting the best Frank Buglioni on the night. That’s what I want.
“It’s days rather than weeks away now and I’m excited, I couldn’t ask for a bigger stage and to be in the main event, live on Sky Sports, will be a dream come true.”
“I’ve raised my game. Frank gives me the fear factor so I’ve trained very hard. I’ve had great sparring” – Ricky Summers #SummertimeBrawl
— Matchroom Boxing (@MatchroomBoxing) June 29, 2017
And he believes a huge shock could be on the cards with a loss for Buglioni.
“This is what boxing is all about, I’ve waited a long time to get here but I’m confident I can get the job done. This is my world title fight,” he continued.
“I know the risks, if it’s a close fight they are probably going to give it to the champion in his backyard, but I can see a big upset coming off.
“He might think that I haven’t boxed anyone and rightly so, I certainly haven’t been in with anyone of the calibre of Frank. But I’m a big light heavyweight and I can punch a lot harder than my record suggests. He’ll feel my strength and power in there.”
The under-card also features a host of great up and coming talent including Lawrence Okolie, Ted Cheeseman, Reece Bellotti. Conor Benn also returns and Olympic talent, Joshua Buatsi, makes his much-hyped debut.
By Charlotte Prior. You can follow her on Twitter on @CharlotteLily89