Frank Buglioni has welcomed the opportunity of a rematch with Hosea Burton after producing one of the best domestic clashes of 2016.
Buglioni delivered a devastating blow in the twelfth round to knock out Burton and claim the British light-heavyweight title in December.
“The battle with Hosea Burton, will go down as my favourite fight to date. I want to give full credit to Burton for his share in what was one of the best domestic clashes of the year,” Buglioni told World Boxing News.
“He is a very good fighter, used his range very well and certainly showed true fighting heart and spirit. I took his unbeaten record and British Title and I hope that fight does not dent his confidence.
“I would certainly be open to a rematch, now that I have seen the way he fights first hand I can analyze improve and do a better job next time.”
After a defeat to Fedor Chudinov for the WBA world title, Buglioni was left contemplating his future in boxing before calling trainer Don Charles.
The charismatic Londoner has hailed Charles for helping him move forward as a person and boxer.
He said: “Don Charles has made a huge impact on my life inside and outside the ring. I was without a trainer, promoter and manager when I called Don. I was returning from a loss (world title challenge) and making London my home once again. Don was warm, kind and very understanding when we spoke on the phone.
“The reason I called Don, was because I had seen the positive effect his coaching and mind set had on Dereck Chisora.
“Once I met Don face to face with the intention of working together, my initial view of him was cemented and reassured even more, his meticulous planning, preparation and dedication to his fighters is incredible.”
Since the duo have combined, they discovered a winning formula with ‘wise guy’ Buglioni enjoying life as an unbeaten light-heavyweight.
Going into 2017, Buglioni hopes to win the British title outright before going onto challenging for the European title should the opportunity arise.
From having no manager or trainer to having the chance to challenge for Commonwealth and European titles later this year, it’s incredible how things can change so quickly.
Joe Hewlett is a staff writer for WBN. Follow on Twitter @Hewlett95