Exclusive: Frank Buglioni talks sparring cut, Ricky Summers clash

Joe Hewlett 04/05/2017

Lawrence Lustig

Frank Buglioni makes his long-awaited return next month at the 02 Arena as he makes his first defence of the British title against Ricky Summers.

It has been a frustrating couple of months since defeating Hosea Burton in one of the most brutal and entertaining fights of 2016.

With a recent cut delaying his comeback to the ring, the 28-year-old has finally overcome setbacks and is raring to get back into the swing of things.

“I was looking to fight in March. Everything had healed up and I was back in the gym buzzing off the back of the victory as I had become the British champion. It was a good victory, a nice one come through as it was a tough fight but the fact I come through on the right side means I will go on from that and take a lot of confidence and experience after a fight like that,” Buglioni exclusively told World Boxing News.

“I went back into training and was sparring until I found out there was loose stitching across the head guard I was wearing which split my eyebrow causing a cut. I had to go and get it rectified so I went to plastic surgeon and got it stitched up properly and have since went back into sparring with new head guard now and touch wood there’s now no issues.”

His opponent on June 3 boasts an undefeated record of thirteen and Buglioni is respectful of the fellow Brit but believes that his recent experience will be the deciding factor in the contest.

“I’ve seen a couple of videos of him in action and he’s a solid pro, he’s unbeaten. I’ve heard reports back from people who have sparred him and he’s mixed it in with some good fighters. I would say he’s a solid all round fighter, very fit, very strong, very tough and very durable.”

The light heavyweight added: “He can knock a few out and can punch a bit – at this weight you don’t wanna stand about taking too many shots. I respect him and think he’ll put a decent effort up but he hasn’t fought or mixed it in at my level and once he steps in the ring and feels the speed and power from my punches it’ll be hard for him.”

Joe Hewlett is lead writer for World Boxing News. Follow Joe on Twitter @Hewlett95