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7th April 2014


Attack is the best form of defence…

Attack is the best form of defence… A preview of April 12th by Matthew Collett.

Some say that winning a title is only half the battle, that a fighters true mental is measured when called upon to defend their honours; if this is the case, then we are definitely about to find out exactly what Buglioni is made of. With one comprehensive defence already signed off in true Wise Guy style the next defence against Sergey Khomitsky is a huge step up from the gutsy Nespro.

The Belarusian travels not to become another statistic on Buglioni’s impressive record sheet, but with every intention of disrupting this young talents career. A steadfast fighter who has seriously tested the likes of Murray, Golovkin, Ryan Rhodes and stopped Jamie Moore during this career, make no mistake in thinking that this is an opponent with any other priority than to win, and win well…

…the only problem we can see with that, is that he happens to be fighting one of boxings most promising young punchers. At 24, Buglioni demonstrates ring craft well beyond his years, educated attacks and precise counters have become somewhat of a signature style of the Londoner. In his earlier fights, it would be fair to say that he was too keen to impress, looking for that one elusive knockout punch – not to say he wasn’t finding it of course, as his record shows – but now Buglioni boxes with the patience of an older fighter, utilising a vast array of combinations from behind an impressive jab. Gratitude to his trainer and mentor Mark Tibbs.

Quite literally, attack will certainly be Buglioni’s best form of defence, as although his head movement, distancing and overall ability to not get hit is ultimately improving; his true and natural strength lies in combining his devastating punch power and fast hands, and it is this power and speed that – given the high calibre of his opponent – will most likely lead to what could be one of the most explosive fights of his career to date. Of course, all of the above is compounded by the added gravitas that comes with headlining a world class bill in an internationally renowned arena; a nod from a very pleased promoter and an early sign of things to come.

Buglioni has compiled some impressive names with his sparring partners leading up to this fight, including hard hitting Light Heavyweight/Cruiserweight Ovil Mckenzie who in a twist of fate will now feature on the same night as Buglioni against Tony Conquest. Buglioni was also rumoured to of worked closely with tough and super fit Middleweight Nick Blackwell. No stone un-turned the catchphrase of Mark Tibbs certainly reflects upon the dedicated and gruelling training regime put in place this time round.

The Wise Guy’s last time out was, without a doubt, his most complete performance to date and thus his critics will be expecting big things from the explosive Buglioni and with all that’s been said, you can’t help but feel that the stage has been set for a truly world class performance – a performance that those who have followed Buglioni’s career to date will know that he is more than capable of.

Watch this space.

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31st March 2014


The look of love – An interview with Frank Buglioni by Ian Probert.

Everything is cyclical: we’re born, we procreate, we die. A plant sheds its seeds, the seeds germinate and mature, the plant sheds its own seeds. Everything is cyclical but never more so than in championship boxing.

A championship boxer enters the ring at a young age. He has a distinguished amateur career. He turns pro and wins domestic honours. He’s fed a faded former champion or two for experience and a notch on his ring record. He wins world honours. He defends his title. He loses his title. He’s fodder for the next champion and becomes a notch on their ring record. And so the world turns. Everything is cyclical.

In the days before iPods and tablets and Twitter I was part of the cycle when I met my first boxer. Well, in actual fact it was my third boxer but I’m not counting Alan Minter and Chris Sanigar because in my role as wine waiter I was there to serve them not write about them. In the days when mobile phones were a luxury that only the very rich or very crooked could afford I met my first boxer. His name was Michael Watson.

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I met him in a gym in London’s Carnaby Street. It’s gone now. The gym was run by renowned cornerman Dennie Mancini: gruff, of Italian stock, a heart of pure gold. He’s dead now. Occasionally, boxing figures such as Mickey Duff and Terry Lawless would call in to inspect their wares. They’re dead, too.

In those days Michael Watson was on the rise. He’d won all but one of his fights, including a victory over the highly rated American ‘Dangerous’ Don Lee. Michael and the people around him were all aware that he could be The One. I watched him train and he watched me watch him. Afterwards we talked and got on well. We were both about the same age. We struck up a friendship.

Standing beside him at all times was a taxi-driver named Eric Seccombe. Like Michael and myself, Eric lived in Islington. Eric had known Michael since he was a boy and was employed as his trainer. His affection for the younger man was palpable. It was so omnipresent that you could have reached out and scooped up a handful of it. When you spoke to his Michael you always felt it was an intrusion. At all times in Eric’s eyes was a look of pure affection, of love, if you will.

In the years to follow I was to see that expression many times. In the eyes of Emmanuel Steward as he talked to me about Thomas Hearns. In Angelo Dundee’s when he spoke of Ali. In Brendan Ingle’s eyes when he mentioned his beloved Bomber. I could go on.

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Leap forward a quarter of a century and I see that look of love once more. It’s not directed at me. Naturally it’s not. It’s directed at a young boxer named Frank Buglioni and it’s coming from his trainer Mark Tibbs. (son of – are we allowed to say legendary – Jimmy Tibbs?).

And this is because boxing is all about love. Love and hate and war. The love of one man for another that allows him to reach over and gently caress his fighter’s face; to wipe the grease from the other man’s eyes with a tenderness only matched by a lover or a parent. The hatred and despair that one man feels for another when a paltry half-an-hour or so is the dividing line between success or failure. And war: the shared experience of battle and blood that both unites and separates.

Boxing is cyclical and no-one can escape the cycle. I’ve entered the Twilight Zone. I’m like one of the Pevensie kids returning to Narnia. Twenty-five years later and I’m standing in a gym in Canning Town to meet Frank Buglioni (pronounced without the ‘g’, I keep telling myself) and to spend a little time with a boxer for the first time since the late nineties when I watched the aforementioned Herol ‘Bomber’ Graham prepare for a fight with the American Vinnie Pazienza.

It’s a big, big deal for me. Many years ago I was the editor of a paper thin newspaper entitled Boxing Weekly. Boxing was my life back then. When I wasn’t writing about it or watching it I was out socialising with some of the many friends that I made in the sport. Chief among these was Michael Watson. As you will know Michael was almost fatally injured during a world title fight with Chris Eubank. It was because of this that I questioned my fascination with boxing and came to the conclusion that I couldn’t write about boxing without being complicit in its repercussions. Check out ‘Dylan’s ‘Who Killed Davy Moore,’ for a far clearer picture than I could ever paint. So I wrote a book about why I was not going to write about boxing anymore. And then I stopped writing about boxing. Until now. And I’m not sure why.

I walk through the gym and recognise Frank Buglioni. He is sweating it out on an exercise bike. We shake hands and I’m immediately struck by this young man’s easy going nature, and his quiet confidence. We chat for a while and I tell him my story. About how he’s the first boxer I’ve interviewed for a lifetime; about how I was unsure what to talk about. About how I’ve decided that the best thing to do is simply talk about boxing: talk about boxers and fights that we like. And that’s what we agree to do.

But first there is work to do. For both of us. I have my camera and I walk around the gym taking snaps of the fighters. A small part of me expects to be recognised but nobody does. Not even Mark Tibbs, son of Jimmy and almost a father to Frank. I tell him I remember seeing him fight at the York Hall as a young man. I watch as his protégé spars a couple of rounds, first with impressively muscled Light-Heavyweight Ovil Mckenzie and then with a boxer named Eddie McDonagh. Buglioni’s work is serious and scrupulous. Just as with Michael Watson all those years ago, there is an air of expectation. Buglioni and his team mean business: they are in no doubt that barring unexpected roadblocks their boxer is going to the very top of the hill. And there is that look. Always there is that look.

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Frank Buglioni with no G finishes his morning’s work and heads for the shower. I sit and drink coffee and inhale the community atmosphere of the gym. Twenty minutes later he’s sitting across from me and I begin at the beginning because there is nowhere else I can start: How did he get into boxing?

“| wasn’t a natural athlete. When I was about 12 a friend of my dad’s son had just done a little boxing and asked if I wanted to try it. I jumped at the chance, gave it a go. I remember the coach saying I could whack and I was fit. I improved very quickly.

“I started training with Mark Tibbs. I went down to spar with Billy Jo Saunders who was with Mark and Jimmy Tibbs. I think we did eights rounds straight off and I think Mark saw something in me, decided to take me on the pads. I think we clicked straight away. I like the fact that Mark went in my corner and gave me advice, gloved me up and I thought ‘that’s a good man’. Straight away I had trust and respect for him. He taught me certain things and they worked. And I thought if I’m gonna turn pro its gonna be with Mark.”

At close quarters Buglioni looks nothing like a boxer. Some people are already likening him to a boxing version of David Beckham. He’s already done a little modelling. How does he feel about people hitting that as yet unmarked face of his and how will he take it when somebody beats him?

“I had my first amateur fight at 15. I won it. It was a good old tear up. I got hit loads to times. Do you know what? It didn’t bother me. Didn’t bother me at all.
“I won my second fight. My first defeat came in my third fight. It was in the junior ABAs I fought a guy there with 30+ fights. I put up a good fight. He beat me on a majority. it was a close close one. I was gutted but I was hungry to get and rectify it..
“I’ve been rocked a couple of times but never hurt. I think body shots hurt more than a head shot. I’m confident in my heart and my chin and my ability to dig deep when it matters.

“I’m more competitive with certain people. Like my brother, when we play a bit of table tennis we’re really competitive against each other. We’re very evenly matched. But I’m only really competitive with boxing. I don’t like losing the sprints in training I like to try my hardest. But I listen to Mark. If he comes and says ‘Listen I want you to block and move and don’t worry winning the sparring,’ then I’ll do it.”

He’s good company, is Frank Buglioni. If I was going to meet my first boxer for seventeen-odd years I couldn’t have picked a nicer bloke. I tell him how much I envy him. How I envy the fact that he has a goal in life and that everything he does is geared towards achieving that goal. And I think about the cycle. I ask him if he ever wonders what will happen should that goal be reached.

“Not really. I’m enjoying the present so much that I don’t really look too far into the future. I take it week by week. I’ve got good people around me. I’ve got trust in them. World champion is the goal. If I didn’t think I could be a world champion I wouldn’t be doing boxing. It’s too hard a sport.”

It’s a short interview but worthwhile. We shake hands and I wish him the best. Frank mentions that Eric Seccombe sometimes pops into the gym and offers advice. And the connection between Michael Watson and myself and Frank Buglioni is established.

And already I’m worried for him in the way that I used to worry for Michael Watson. Because every time you meet a boxer you can’t help but worry about them. Well I can’t anyway. As Frank exits, Mark Tibbs enters and takes a seat at the table. We chat for a while and I remind him that back in the dusty recesses of history we did meet a couple of times. He talks about Frank of course and again that look creeps into his eyes. I can see that he worries about Frank too.

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“I’ve always been a De La Hoya fan and he got dragged into the trenches in that fight and that’s why I love it. He turned it around. The left hook that started the finish of the fight was phenomenal. I think De La Hoya thought that he would outbox and outscore Vargas but Vargas wasn’t just a brawler. He was a very good technical fighter. Vargas had the ability to dig deep and one shot can change a fight.”

Lesson to be learned: Don’t underestimate your opponent

4. Bernard Hopkins-Felix Trinidad

“An absolute lesson in boxing by Bernard Hopkins. I like to watch that every now and again just to see how good defensively Hopkins is. And the countering and the timing. That’s championship material. Every round that went by he slowly turned it and by the end he knocked him out. An absolute masterclass.”

Lesson to be learned: Train as hard as you can

3. Riddick Bowe-Evander Holyfield I

“I’ve always liked Holyfield for his explosive power and combinations. He was light on his feet as well. Just a phenomenal fighter. I liked his attitude. He was a humble character. I know he got beat but it was a phenomenal fight.”

Lesson to be learned: Have a big heart

2. Arturo Gatti-Mickey Ward I

“It was one of the first fights that I took notice of and it hooked me into boxing. Just so entertaining. Gatti was another of my favourites. Once I saw that fight I followed his career and he was all heart.”

Lesson to be learned: Have a Plan B

Diego Corrales-Joe Luis Castillo I

“My favourite fight of all time. I think it’s a lot of people’s. I think I was two or three years into my amateur career and I’ve watch it hundreds of times since. I absolutely love it. Castillo had him going and just jumped on him a little too much and got caught with a counter. And Corrales turned it around.

Lesson to be learned: One punch can change it all.

 

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16th February 2014


12th Fight Report Vs Gaetano Nespro, WBO European defence.

When London met Italy…

Much was made of the Italian connection between the two fighters before the fight; Frank’s heritage is from Naples, as is Nespros’, and the Italian brought with him an impressive record having shared the ring with the some of the worlds best middleweights including IBF champion; Sebastien Sylvester. At 34 and with 31 fights to his name, you could count on Nespro to be a tough, durable and altogether awkward opponent – easily the Londoners biggest challenge to date.

Come fight night the atmosphere was certainly more ‘Pamplona Bull Run’ than ‘London Marathon’ – it was Buglioni’s first defence of his WBO Title and although this would surely be a tough fight, the fans anticipated Frank to pick up where he left off and make it six stoppages from the last 7 fights. As ever, Team Buglioni was out in full force and the chants for Buglioni started long before the iconic and foreboding thud of seven nation army had even begun to echo around the Copperbox – a venue that is fast becoming Frank’s very own colosseum. Erupting in to voice, the crowd carried Frank in to a heroes welcome and the scene was set….

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Round one went to London, the Buglioni jab was stiff and punishing, the right hand finding its target more often than not. Frank closed out the first round with a hard and precise right hand right on the bell which Nespro took well, but you could tell he was feeling the power of Buglioni as he found his way back to the corner.

The second and third went much the same, with Buglioni dominating the centre of the ring, displaying some of the most mature and measured boxing to date. Slipping shots that previously he would have taken and looking to counter punch with great effect.

Come round four and Buglioni moved through the gears, hurting Nespro and taking the fight to him. After knocking Nespro down with a volley of right hands, Buglioni rushed to seal victory – only to get caught himself with a desperate left hook from Nespro.

Round five and service resumed as normal, more pressure, more precise combinations of educated shots which were starting to create openings and opportunities for the patient Buglioni. Nearing the end of the fifth Nespro tried to skip away from the ropes and was caught with a devastating left hook, sending him crashing to the canvas in his corner.

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Bravely beating the count Nespro returned to the fray, only to be put back down by a combination of body and head shots. At this point Mr Mikael Hook; the referee called time on the Italians forage into foreign territory and awarded Frank the TKO and retention of his WBO Belt. The night continued as family and friends reunited with Frank at ‘The Cow’ Pub in Westfield, a few notable faces amongst the Team Buglioni regular…

Report Courtesy of Mr Matthew Collett. Twitter @MattCollett Photos Courtesy of Mr Kevin Quigley.

 

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1st December 2013


11th Fight Report Vs Horvath, WBO European Championship

For Buglioni’s 11th fight it would be a stern test against a fighter with a 12 & 1 record, his single defeat a close split decision whilst battling for an international title. It would prove to be a tough test but a much needed learning fight to continue Buglioni’s progress and dominance through the 168lb ranks.

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Buglioni & Horvath start tentatively, feeling each other out with jabs, double jabs and the occasional jumping left hook from Horvath. Comfortably controlling the pace from the centre of the ring Buglioni and Mark Tibbs will be happy with that start.

Continuing to control the centre of the ring, Buglioni makes Horvath work in spurts and uses much improved head movement and quick blocks to deflect and slip Horvath’s punches. In return Buglioni flicks out sharp jabs to rock back the head of Horvath.

As the rounds continue Buglioni begins to pick up the pace, by the 5th round blood is flowing from the nose of Horvath, the crisp jabs beginning to cause damage. Horvath being forced to step up the pace pushes him to throw some combinations which Buglioni evades with head movement.

Moving into the 6th round Horvath has elements of success by countering a few of Buglioni’s slow single jabs with short, sharp right hand left hook combinations. The closest round of the fight, but a good finish with some solid left right shot selection secures another for Buglioni.

Another steady 7th round with both fighters having flashes of success, Buglioni seems content keeping Horvath at the end of the jab, evading Horvath’s bursts and coming back with the occasional eye catching flurry. A speedy combination just before the bell, looks to have an effect on Horvath.

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The bell for the 8th round rings and so starts the most memorable of the fight. With a strong finish at the end of last round, Buglioni begins with more intensity, double jabbing and stepping in with right hands. Forcing Horvath to circle round the ropes Buglioni lands with a 1,2 combination upstairs and a slicing left hook to the body as his opponent tries to move away. Horvath falls to the canvas wincing in pain. Up at the count of 8, Buglioni senses his man in trouble and lands another crunching left hook to the body, sealing victory and thus winning the WBO European Super Middleweight title with an 8th round KO.

The 600 strong Buglioni army are out in full force vocalising their delight to the tune of Seven nation army; Buglioni’s entrance music. A good night all round at the Copper Box…

Report Courtesy of Mr Nicholas Day, Photos courtesy of Mr Kevin Quigley

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22nd September 2013


10th Fight Report vs Kubin

Buglioni’s first fight at the Copper Box Arena, his first scheduled 10 rounds. Off the back of a solid point’s victory last time out, Buglioni had stated he was going to be more patient and learn from mistakes he had made against Psonko, the opponent who had taken him the furthest distance in his pro career to date. What we saw this time out was a calculated, clinical and vicious performance from Frank.

Facing the experienced Brunislav Kubin, with a respectable record including 16 wins and 9 ko’s to his name, Buglioni was expected as usual to win the contest but to get some rounds under his belt as he moves up to championship level.

However Buglioni had other ideas, from the opening bell he stalked his man with ferocious intent, cutting off the ring well but maintaining his distance with superior footwork and a spiteful jab, content to control the opener with his left lead, Buglioni sought to find a couple of sharp left hook counters as Kubin lunged to land his shots. A clear first round for Buglioni, who looked much improved from his previous performance.

The second round saw much of the same, Kubin unable to close the distance and becoming irritated and desperate with Buglioni throwing solid straights from the outside and setting himself for nice right hand left hook combinations.

Buglioni lands with a powerful straight right to the temple of Kubin that seems to send shockwaves through the Czech’s body. Kubin remains on his feet and circles the outside of the ring, once more however Kubin lunges with a jab. Buglioni takes full advantage of Kubin’s mistake and times a crisp right hand over the top of his lazy left lead. Kubin crashes to the canvas and fails to beat the count, handing Buglioni another dominating Victory and TKO in the second round.

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21st July 2013


9th Fight Report vs Krill Psonko

Every champion, every winning team and individual who excels in their field knows that sometimes, you’ve got to win ugly. The victory is the purpose and the drive, the performance is the journey to the goal. Given this, last nights journey was ultimately pleasing, but we might expect – not how many thought it would go. Even the programme for the evening suggested that the judges ‘wouldn’t be needed for this one’. Lets not be fooled in to thinking that this could be perceived as a negative though; the victory was fluid and emphatic with glimpses of world class boxing on show right from the opening bell.

Crunching body shots, solid hooks and silky combinations saw Buglioni glide through eight rounds with Lithuanian Super-Middleweight Kirill Psonko at Wembley Arena. Heading the undercard of what was an explosive night of boxing, Frank Warrens stacked card; Behind Enemy Lines, Buglioni didn’t disappoint his fans and extended his unbeaten run to an impressive 9-0-0.

After eight rounds the Wise Guy’s fitness wasn’t the only thing on show, determination and resilience were also key in this stylish victory. While holding the centre of the ring, Buglioni picked shots and tried to get the defensive opponent to drop his hands. Five and six shot combinations landing with ferocity and accuracy rocked Psonko as he retreated to the ropes on multiple occasions; and although it would be fair to say that Buglioni had this fight won from the first round there was still a lot of work to do.

A more measured performance than was typical of the heavy handed Londoner, the earlier rounds saw Buglioni dominate and land the heavy shots we’re used to seeing when watching the wise guy unload his arsenal. As the rounds went on, Psonko refused to drop his hands and so with that the tactics changed and we saw more of Buglioni’s tactical punching come to light; and a rare opportunity to venture beyond six rounds and showcase some very impressive head movement and ring craft that oozed of hard work and dedicated training behind the scenes. Buglioni was caught with too many right hands and the Londoner admits this himself. At times Buglioni neglected his defence in an attempt to unload his own arsenal of shots, getting caught in the process. Lapses of concentration and frustration also seemed to plague Buglioni from rounds 5-7, a stern talking to from Mark Tibbs at the end of round 7 however, allowed Buglioni to finish strongly and perhaps see the goal clearer; hit without being hit. Buglioni should take confidence from this performance and the criticisms that follow will only serve to toughen his skin and prepare him mentally for the bigger fights.

It’s no doubt that the wise guy would have liked to ship this boxer out in the early rounds as is becoming customary at Buglioni fights. But without a doubt getting eight rounds under his belt will most likely serve him better in the long run, and help preparations for the next test; ten round contests and title contentions, not all opponents can be stopped, this will become more evident as Buglioni is stepped up.

Mark Tibbs and the TKO team will now look to optimise this learning and take the whirlwind of positives into the already announced September showdown at the infamous Copper Box in Stratford.
Report by Mr Matthew Collett – @MattCollett

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24th June 2013


Behind Enemy Lines; July 20th.

Long before anyone steps near a ring, before any bell sounds, any punches are thrown or boots are tied – the preparation begins.

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The Wise Guy is now 5 weeks away from his ninth outing and last scheduled eight round contest. Whilst other fighters in the division seem in a rush to get in to double figures, the strategy of this stable is one of longevity and success over time; no one’s in a rush and that denotes a quiet confidence, not only in their ability as trainers, but in their fighter too. There’s not an expiration date on talent.

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The scheduled date for this next fight is July 20th – the Venue is the evocative Wembley Arena which is already home to two of Buglioni’s most emphatic wins. As before the opponent will remain unknown until closer the time as experience tells that opponents will drop out frequently in the lead up to a fight that is not being contested for a title (not something Buglioni will have to worry about for long!).

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Frank is now approximately three weeks into his eight week training camp. With exclusive access to the camp we know that the watchful Mark Tibbs is constantly pushing him through thousands of resistance repetitions, ensuring a solid strength foundation. Combined with a dedicated and tough road routine Frank’s stamina is equally on par with his impressive strength and formidable punching power.

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The precision, frequency and duration of training sessions, as well as the intensity stay a secret to those more closely involved with Team Tibbs. The Tibbs’ father-son partnership remains as steadfast and fluid as ever. With years of experience, both as fighter and trainer, the east-end pair have earned respect amongst the boxing fraternity. It’s a true as ever to say that to face a boxer prepared by that corner can place doubt into the mind of even the sturdiest of opponents. You know he’s going to be iron tough and you know he’s going to be supremely fit… What you don’t, or will ever know is the in-depth knowledge and guidance imparted on the fighter and tactics that have taken years to accumulate and even longer to perfect.

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Frank recognises this as the best physical and mental shape of his life and when asked about how he is feeling ahead of his ninth professional fight he had this to say: “I have been working closely with the nutritionists at ION (Institute of Optimum Nutrition) for the last two fights and have never felt so strong at the weight. I have been able to put on and maintain extra muscle mass without compromising the 12st limit at which I fight at. This wouldn’t have been possible were it not for the use of a diet plan that works perfectly to my training schedule.”

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Not surprisingly, this fight comes with added pressure as announcements last week state Frank will fight for a southern area title in September 21st on the same show as the highly anticipated domestic grudge match between Billy Joe Saunders & John Ryder. Frank, no stranger to pressure, added: ‘The fight in front of you is always the most important, so the only date in my mind is July 20th nothing in training will be neglected and no one overlooked, I’ll be looking to show improvements once again and put on a great performance in front of the loyal support.’

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Every fight we’ve been given another sign of what this young fighter is capable of and come the 20th July I’m sure we’ll get to see yet another gear. The wise guy seems to have his mind and body in prime condition and I for one will be looking forward to seeing the ever improving Buglioni in action.

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Frank headlines the undercard on July 20th, with Dereck Chisora Vs Malic Scott, Billy Joe Saunders Vs Gary O’sullivan, Carl Frampton & Paul Butler headlining what is set to be another action packed show from Frank Warren. Live and Exclusive on Boxnation.

Tickets in the Buglioni block are available from www.TeamBuglioni.com or you can contact Frank on twitter @FrankBuglioni or on facebook at www.facebook.com/TeamBuglioni

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Article by Mr Matthew Collett, Photos coutesy of Mr Stuart Macfarlane

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21st April 2013


8th Fight Report vs Darren McKenna

Unbeaten prospect Frank Buglioni continued his dominance in the super middleweight division by stopping Darren McKenna in the third round in Wembley. This was the first time the Enfield man was scheduled to go eight rounds, but the gulf in class between the two opponents meant that McKenna could only last 3 of those 8.

Things were not too simple for the prospect however. In the first round Buglioni was caught with some wild, swinging shots from the opponent as he came steaming in like a bulldozer. The confidence allowed McKenna to gain some early success, eager to cause a big upset. However, he soon became disheartened as Buglioni punished him with piecing jabs and lateral head movement. The 28 year old from Sunbury, Surrey had only been stopped once prior to prior to this bout, but was coming close to his second stoppage defeat, in the second round ‘The Wise Guy’ ripped the mid section with thunderous body shots that had his opponent biting hard on his gum shield.

McKenna managed to hold on and make it back to his corner. Mckenna came out in the third round looking to quell the attack of the prospect – It was clear from the physical condition of Mckenna that he had trained hard for this fight, his punches were solid and he was in a winning mindset. However Buglioni had other ideas as he displayed sharp combinations that kept his opponent at bay, a short counter right uppercut onto the chin of Mckenna had his legs stiffened.

A credit to Mckennas bravery and ambition he adopted a do or die attitude, in an attempt to change the flow of the fight he launched a ferocious assault against Buglioni, but in his eagerness and Buglioni’s cunning, walked onto a crunching left hook and right hand that sent him to the canavs. The man with only two wins was not able to beat the count of referee Robert Williams.

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After the fight Buglioni spoke to James Helder of IFilmLondon. “He was a very tough feller because when he gets hurt that’s when he’s most dangerous. It was a very good learning fight, first eight rounder so I was ready to go the distance. Fortunately I caught him in the third with a straight right and left hook and he didn’t make the count.”

“I was so overwhelmed by the support again. They were so vocal by singing and cheering. It’s really great that they get behind me and I am really grateful to the support.”

The popular man from Enfield is now 8-0 and will be looking to stay active in order to build his way up the British rankings and compete for the coveted titles.

*Special mention: Buglioni wore ‘Norgrove’ on the back of his shorts as a sign of respect and states that the fight is dedicated to his late Repton team mate; Mr Michael Norgrove who tragically passed away several days after suffering a brain injury during a boxing contest in London. Gone but never forgotten.

Report by Mr Kasim Aslam – @JDilla19