Exclusive: Buglioni would consider future Burton return, heaps praise on coach Charles

Joe Hewlett 11/05/2017

Lawrence Lustig

Frank Buglioni has welcomed the chance of offering Hosea Burton a rematch down the line as he prepares for his first defence of the British title.

The light-heavyweight last fought Burton in December at the Manchester Arena and emerged victorious after delivering an emphatic last round stoppage.

Burton, who is trained by Joe Gallagher, was leading on the scorecards before being knocked down twice. ‘Wise Guy’ Buglioni is open to another domestic duel.

“Somewhere down the line, I definitely will fight Burton again but I have to fight my mandatory first. I was chasing for the Burton fight a long time and he refused to give it to me so I had to get myself in the mandatory position so there was no other way to go for him.

“The way I see it is, I have my voluntary and will keep on improving. Hosea burton is a fight I’d certainly like again but I have Ricky Summers to fight first.

The ‘wise guy’ is a new addition to the ever-expanding stable of Matchroom after signing a deal to join Eddie Hearn after the Burton fight.

Buglioni is open to what the future holds, with the world title challenger keen for another chance on the big stage:

“Depending on what opportunities rise, I’ll keep my focus on wining this British outright and once I’ve hopefully got through this voluntary and possibly collecting the Commonwealth, I can then look at the Europeans and Worlds – But if a big fight presents itself to me in the next six months the obvious thing would be to look at taking that.”

Since moving up to light-heavyweight, the 28-year-old joined forces with trainer Don Charles and has heaped praise towards the man who also trains Derek Chisora.

“He’s phenomenal, a great trainer. He’s produced 4 British champions and multiple contenders for honours. He’s still relatively unknown as he keeps himself to himself and is a very selfless person who wants to push his fighters to the next level.

“I don’t think people know the extent of Dons talent. Those who have worked with him will realise the quality of Don as a trainer. Each camp gets better and better and you will see the best of me in the next fight, I’m firing on all cylinders and ready to cause damage.” he added.

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