The odds are stacked against Londoner Frank Buglioni claiming a first world title on September 26, taking into account the views of bookmakers in the challenger’s home country.
UK betting experts have Buglioni a shortest price of 14/5 (with most at 3/1) against to upset WBA ‘regular’ super middleweight champion Fedor Chudinov, even though the 26 year-old holds home advantage for the contest at Wembley Arena.
Buglioni’s loss to Sergey Khomitsky in April 2014 and subsequent draw with Lee Markham a year later would firmly point the finger as to why bookies see the fight this way, whilst Chudinov himself is a firm 1/4 on favourite to reclaim his crown.
The ‘Wise Guy’ will be well aware of the task at hand as Chudinov currently boasts ten stoppages from 13 pro victories and last time out enjoyed a career-best night when out-pointing Felix Sturm in the multiple world champion’s native Germany.
Chudinov, 27, represents a formidable hurdle for Buglioni to negotiate as a possible clash will fellow-Chelsea fan George Groves rears its head on the horizon, but only if both fighter’s can pick up world titles against top-class opposition.
Groves, who meets Money Team member Badou Jack on the Floyd Mayweather v Andre Berto undercard next month, will be hoping to bring home the WBC belt and move one step closer to a huge London clash with Buglioni at Stamford Bridge.