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10th April 2013

Rule Britannia, Buglioni Rules The Waves

10 days to go and Buglioni is determined to put in an intelligently mastered performance for the thousands of onlookers at Wembley Arena, a large proportion of which are fully fledged Team Buglioni members and will be looking to add their voices in support of the granite fisted ‘Wise Guy’.


Unfortunately a delay of a few weeks lead to this point and with the countdown well and truly underway there’s no looking back now, Buglioni’s first eight round contest promises to be another show stopper with the Londoner right at the top of a talented undercard.


Buglioni faces tough come forward fighter Darren McKenna, a replacement to Buglioni’s previous opponent Eder Kurti, who withdrew with an injured hand. Darren McKenna a light heavyweight will have a size advantage to add to his experience advantage with 10 fights under his belt 2 of his wins coming by knockout. Buglioni and his trainer Mark Tibbs, however know full well this opponent is a step up, so training has followed suit, longer rounds with tougher bigger sparring partners, longer runs with steeper hills, harder circuits and heavier weights. Tools have been sharpened and the body & mind has been conditioned for what lies ahead.

Buglioni is in the best shape of his life, but it’s not been an easy few weeks, adjustments to the training camp and mindset were crucial to prepare for this date, having been postponed since March 16th; but the Wise Guy has never been more determined to showcase his ability and demonstrate, with a commanding performance, that once again – he’s one to watch. Playing the long game, Buglioni doesn’t find himself in a rush to get to the top, knowing instead that by taking his time to learn the craft he can sustain his success and build foundations that will support him through an illustrious career in the sport.


As his profile inside and outside of the ring grows there’s no doubt that all eyes will be on Frank in ten days time. But feeling the pressure or not, the time to take the next step is now and by fully launching into 2013 Buglioni can put some flesh on the bones that rumour him to be the next big hitter in the super middleweight division.

Buglioni fans won’t miss it. Boxing fans, don’t miss it.

Article By Matthew Collett, Photos courtesy of Colin & Carolyn and Shannon Janice Kelly.

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24th March 2013

La Manga Warm Weather Training Camps

La Manga Club in south-east Spain has been the home of my pre-training camps twice now and the benefits have been fantastic.


The first camp was in early January and the weather was perfect; sunshine, not a cloud in sight and fresh sea air. Myself, Billy Joe Saunders, Simon Vallily, Freddie Turner & Billy Morgan took full advantage of the contrasting weather conditions to which we were used to back home. All told we  clocked up around 20 miles of mountainous runs, many lengths in the pool and plenty of weight lifting in the gym.

The food at La Manga Club was second to none and allowed us to re-fuel and energize for the rigorous training Mark Tibbs had in store for us. We consumed our fair share of fresh pasta at La Manga’s Italian restaurant Luigi’s. Not to mention plenty of Bar 37’s Club Sandwiches at the golf course.

The setting and weather made it easy to train as well as relax in our down time. The importance of rest has always been ingrained in us by Mark & Jimmy Tibbs, who have highlighted that at times when you lack that sharpness it can most probably be linked back to not resting properly. Afternoon naps in the sun made sure we were resting adequately and soaking up some vitamin D.


It’s safe to say we returned back to Canning Town TKO gymnasium in high spirits and with a solid strength & fitness base to work from. We had shaken the Christmas period off, shed some unwanted weight and built back some muscle. Overall a great way to start the new year. Billy Joe Saunders, Billy Morgan & Simon Vallily all won their contests on the 21st of this month in convincing and stylistic fashion. Freddie Turner Boxed in early march and also came away with a convincing points victory in his first fight of the year.

Unfortunately my March 16th fight had been postponed to April 20th. So I decided to use the extra time I had, to re-prepare back out in La Manga. I returned last week to a warm welcome and nice surprise.; I was to become the first Professional Boxer to receive Ambassador status, making me an official partner of the La Manga Club.


It was an honor and a privilege to become an ambassador for such a high-end sporting/leisure destination such as the La Manga Club. I would be training alongside some of the worlds best Golfers, Footballers and sports teams.


I spent five days out there this time, again enjoying the warm climate whilst I undertook some hard mountain runs alongside gym manager and top mountain runner Jesus Martinez. I was also put through some tough Tibbs gym workouts. It wasn’t all work and no play though, I did some more rounds, this time on La Manga’s world class golf courses. I won’t mention my score however!


All in all another great camp, my mind was re-focused for April the 20th and my body was in the best shape of my career.

A big thank you to James Bryan, Peter Nieuwland & Jesus Martinez for making the trip enjoyable & very worthwhile. I look forward to returning soon!