McKenzie v Kennedy, Burton v Buglioni bouts given purse bid date


The British Boxing Board of Control have put British title bouts between cruiserweight belt holder Ovill McKenzie and unbeaten Welsh puncher Craig Kennedy, plus light heavyweight champion Hosea Burton and Frank Buglioni out to purse bids.

McKenzie, who was due to fight for the European title this weekend, has been ordered to fight 15-0 Kennedy, although whether the Derby man actually follows through with the fight is up for debate.

As ‘The Upsetter’ is aiming for much bigger things following his world title draw against Victor Ramirez in Argentina last year, McKenzie may decide to give up the Lonsdale Belt for Kennedy to contest and save any meeting between the pair for more meaningful times.

On the other hand, a clash between knockout artist Hosea Burton and former WBA challenger Frank Buglioni would all depend on an agreement between Eddie Hearn and Steve Goodwin.

Burton, 27, has been impressing since turning pro under the guidance of renowned British trainer Joe Gallagher having amassed a 17-0 record in four years. Prospective opponent Buglioni has recently moved from Frank Warren to Goodwin’s stable following a damaging loss to Fedor Chudinov.

All camps must submit their bids on July 13, according to the most recent British Board circular.