Buglioni continues British title reign after beating Summers - is Cleverly next?
Frank Buglioni asserted his dominance over the British light heavyweight scene defending his title with a unanimous victory over Ricky Summers on June 1st.
Buglioni provided yet another entertaining fight and took the result: 116-113, 115-114 and 118-111 on the scorecards for the second defence of his title. The 28-year-old moves to 20-2-1 and is just one more defence away from owning the Lonsdale belt outright.
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"It was a massive occasion, a lot of pressure, but I will excel from this and move on, come back stronger." said Buglioni.
The fight turned out to be somewhat of a technical slugfest, with both men pouring on the punches with pretty limited defences themselves. But it was the experienced champion who was much lighter on his feet and slicker in the continuous exchanges. Buglioni used his feints and head movement well and was a clear class above Summers, who suffered his first loss in a 14 fight career. The latter gave a very good account of himself in a highly enjoyable trade fight and both men were truly deserving of the standing ovation they received come the final bell.
Summers was understandably disappointed having put so much effort into the bout, gesticulating throughout the fight that he could take the punishment and even wanted more after some seriously heated exchanges.
An exhausted Summers said: “I want to be on the big stage and am absolutely gutted - I could cry.”
After 12 rounds of non-stop action, with combinations flying in from all angles, it was a performance that seemed to be both a gift and a curse for Buglioni. If he is to push on to world level opposition, like promoter Eddie Hearn has been talking about with a potential world title challenge against the reinvigorated Nathan Cleverly, then will have to tighten up his defence.
However, Buglioni put on such slick attacking boxing display, you have to question why he is even fighting at British level at all when he is more than capable of European glory. A loss to Fedor Chudinov two years ago, who was recently beaten by George Groves for the WBA “Super” world super middleweight title, would suggest he may not be ready for the elite level of world champions yet, however, he is at a fighting at a different weight and is fast approaching 30, so he will have to test himself sooner or later if he is to fulfil his own ambition.
Domestically, there is decent decent competition from unbeaten opponents in the British ranks: Doc Spelman, Tommy Philbin or Charlie Schofield would all be interested in his third title defence, but should a bigger offer come in from elsewhere, dropping this belt in order to challenge for world title, may be the best move for his career.
The next decision Buglioni makes must be an intelligent one and nobody would argue with a fight between Cleverly and Wise Guy to determine who has the better boxing brain.