THE NEW WAVE

Buglioni tops a bill packed with Lon­don tal­ent, writes Ge­orge Gigney

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Im­pres­sively, this will only be the En­field man’s third fight at lightheavy­weight, hav­ing fought most of his ca­reer at su­per-mid­dle. A pun­ish­ing stop­page loss to upset ex­pert Sergey Khomit­sky in 2014 set the ‘Wise Guy’ back – though did not quell his vo­cif­er­ous sup­port – how­ever he re­bounded with de­cent wins over An­drew Robin­son and Ivan Ju­kic. A draw with Lee Markham – in a fan­tas­tic fight – drew criticism from some and sug­gested the 28-year-old had found his level.

In 2015 he was then thrown in with WBA cham­pion Fe­dor Chudi­nov and after a gutsy show­ing was out­pointed over the 12-round dis­tance. It was after this he de­cided to move up in weight and fol­low­ing a rou­tine win was matched with reign­ing Bri­tish cham­pion Hosea Bur­ton in De­cem­ber.

For many rounds it looked as though Frank’s pre­vi­ous flaws – a lack of head move­ment, fairly slow feet – were let­ting him down, but then his un­ac­count­able

courage and con­di­tion­ing took over. He landed right hands over the top, he started boss­ing the ac­tion and Bur­ton was in dire straits. Buglioni then pro­duced an em­phatic stop­page in the 12th after floor­ing Bur­ton, prov­ing his doubters wrong and val­i­dat­ing his move up in weight.

Tip­ton’s Sum­mers hasn’t been as ac­tive as he would have liked – he fought only twice last year – but has im­pressed in the West Mid­lands. He was sup­posed to chal­lenge Frank on the David Haye-tony Bellew card in March but their fight was post­poned after Buglioni suf­fered a cut in spar­ring.

Sum­mers is a pa­tient, com­pe­tent boxer though he does like to take his time. With a stel­lar am­a­teur ca­reer be­hind him, Buglioni can be smart in the ring and he likes to keep up a de­mand­ing pace. At light-heavy, he clearly car­ries club­bing power and it looks as though he will even­tu­ally over­whelm Sum­mers and stop him in the later rounds.

The un­der­card is be­ing used as an op­por­tu­nity to show­case the younger tal­ent on Match­room’s sta­ble, start­ing with the highly an­tic­i­pated de­but of Olympic bronze medal­list Joshua

Bu­atsi. The Lon­doner im­pressed in Rio with eye-catch­ing stop­pages and there is a se­ri­ous buzz around the 24-year-old. He is be­ing han­dled by An­thony Joshua’s man­age­ment team and Bu­atsi car­ries him­self with a sim­i­lar ma­tu­rity to the Wat­ford gi­ant. His op­po­nent is yet to be con­firmed, but pro­moter Ed­die Hearn wants to move the light-heavy­weight smartly, and it goes without say­ing that he is one to watch.

Though there are no mar­quee names on this show – which was orig­i­nally pen­cilled in for IBF su­per-mid­dleweight cham­pion James De­gale – Hearn stresses that giv­ing young fight­ers this ex­po­sure is essen­tial.

“You get peo­ple who crit­i­cise ev­ery­thing and say ‘There’s not a lot of names on the card,’ but this is the fu­ture,” he told Box­ing News.

“A lot of those guys, the big­ger names, are in the twi­light pe­riod of their ca­reer – I don’t want to say the fi­nal stages of their ca­reer. It’s not just our guys; Billy Joe Saun­ders, Andy Lee and then Scott Quigg, [An­thony] Crolla, [Kell] Brook, they’re in the last three, four, five fights of their ca­reer re­ally, so where is the fu­ture? The fu­ture is here, these guys, and I’m not just talk­ing about Match­room fight­ers, it might be [Daniel] Dubois or [An­thony] Yarde. These guys are be­ing pushed by other peo­ple, so we should be do­ing the same.”

Promis­ing su­per­wel­ter­weight Ted Cheese­man, who fights out of Tony Sims’ gym in Es­sex, vies for his first pro­fes­sional ti­tle on the show when he takes on English cham­pion Matthew Ryan over 10 rounds.

An ex­cel­lent am­a­teur, Cheese­man has made a smooth tran­si­tion to the pro game, notch­ing sev­eral solid stop­page wins on big shows. He is com­ing off vic­to­ries over Lloyd El­lett (an im­pres­sive sec­ond-round win) and Jack Sel­lars, who he beat on points. Mid­dle­ton’s Ryan, who won the ti­tle by de­feat­ing Sonny Up­ton in March, is an­other step up for Cheese­man. Ex­cit­ing feath­er­weight prospect Reece Bel­lotti fights his first 12-rounder against Jamie Speight for a WBC rank­ing, though the Lon­doner is eye­ing a Bri­tish ti­tle shot in the near fu­ture. Ris­ing cruis­er­weights

Isaac Cham­ber­lain

and Olympian

Lawrence Okolie

fea­ture on the show in sep­a­rate bouts. The pair will be com­pared and con­trasted as a Lon­don ri­valry builds to­ward a potential fight down the line. Wel­ter­weight Conor Benn

re­turns from a lengthy spell on the side­lines due to in­jury, while Craig Richards and Jake Ball also fea­ture.

THE VER­DICT A great chance to see some fu­ture stars of Bri­tish box­ing.

Photos: AC­TION IMAGES

MAIDEN DEFENCE: Buglioni [right] puts his Bri­tish ti­tle on the line for the first time against Sum­mers

BRIGHT FU­TURE: After an ex­em­plary am­a­teur ca­reer, Bu­atsi [left] is ready to im­press as a pro­fes­sional

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