Ricky Summers has been taking his preparations for a shot at the British light heavyweight title to world level.
It was confirmed last week that Summers’ rescheduled shot at title holder Frank Buglioni will take place on Saturday June 3.
It will again be at the 02 Arena in London where Summers, from Tipton, and Buglioni were first due to meet on the undercard to the clash between David Haye and Tony Bellew.
The titlist withdrew from that March 4 date after sustaining a cut in training, but Matchroom Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn has stayed true to his word that the contest will still take place.
Summers has trained throughout confident he would be granted his opportunity and has taken his sparring to another level.
He’s shared a training ring with Nathan Cleverly, the Welshman who is the reigning WBA title holder and two-time world champion in the light heavyweight division.
Summers has also put another world ruler, Carl Froch, through his paces in the past as he works up towards his own night of reckoning,
The 29-year-old has been chasing major prizes for years rather than months and has racked 13 victories from 13 fights as a pro, with five TKOs to his credit.
He said: “I’ve been invited back up to Wales for more sparring with Nathan, so I must have done something right. I didn’t feel out of my depth.
“He sets a good pace and has got a great engine, plus he knows all of the little tricks in the ring that make you a world-class fighter.
“He’s bigger than Carl, which you’d expect as he was a super middleweight, and puts more shots together but they are both top opponents.
“Training with Nathan is ideal for me, because Frank is big at the weight although I think I’ll be the naturally bigger man on the night.
“I’ve been boxing at light heavy since I was 16 and, at one point, I was considering going up to cruiser, while Frank has gone down a weight in the past.
“I’m just over the moon to have a second chance and I’m grateful to Eddie and Frank as well for making this happen. It’s a breakthrough fight for me.
“I don’t think anyone has seen the best of me as a pro, I’ve done my apprenticeship and Frank will probably think I haven’t fought anyone of note.
“I’ve thought the same, as there’s been times when I know I’ve won before I’ve even got in the ring. That ends now, Frank is a solid champion and I’ll have my work cut out for me.
“I need that fear in me of what he can do to make sure I perform to my abilities. I’ll do everything in my power to get that belt.”
Buglioni, who switched camps to Hearn from Frank Warren, has boxed at a higher level with mixed results. He seized the British strap with a 12th round stoppage of Hosea Burton.
‘The Wise Guy,’ who is also 29, has challenged for the WBA world title in the super middleweight division, a points loss to Fedor Chudinov one of two blips on his paid record.
He was stopped in the sixth by Siarhei Khomitsky for the WBO European crown and has also drawn with Lee Markham for the same honours.
The Markham stalemate came after he had claimed the WBO bauble at the second attempt by outpointing Andrew Robinson, like Summers a graduate of Lions Boxing Club in Dudley.
Summers added: “Me and Andy have talked about him, but my opinion is that he’s a different fighter at light heavy. That’s the division for him.”