Ricky Summers is looking to prove he’s a cut above Frank Buglioni after popping into the barber’s shop to get a trim for fight night.
Underdog Summers is a snip with most bookmakers to seize the British light heavyweight title on the big stage this Saturday evening, writes editor Craig Birch.
Some have since dropped their odds after bets have come in, but the worse you can get is 7-1 for Tipton’s Summers to come out on top.
The 29-year-old headed to London yesterday, but first visited the Barber Shop in Kingswinford for grooming before his trip.
He and Buglioni clash over 12 rounds come the main event of Matchroom Boxing’s end-of-season show at the 02 Arena in the capital, live on Sky Sports.
Summers is unbeaten with 13 wins from 13 pro bouts with five TKOs, although he’s never boxed outside of the West Midlands in the paid ranks.
Buglioni, 28, has 19 wins with 15 stoppages with two defeats and one draw, with one of those losses on points to Fedor Chudinov for the WBA world title at super middle.
He’s also been beaten and halted in six by Siarhei Khamitski for the WBO European crown and drawn with Lee Markham for the same honours.
The two will be in the ring tomorrow, albeit separately at the BXR Gym in Marylebone under the glare of spectators for public work outs.
A final press conference is set for Thursday at the Intercontinental Hotel, which will also stage Friday’s weigh in.
A world of waiting is nearly over for Summers, who should have been going toe-to-toe for Buglioni’s first and voluntary defence four months ago.
It was first postponed when the titlist suffered a cut during his preparations, after being due to support the Tony Bellew versus David Haye Sky Sports Box Office clash on March 4.
It was rescheduled for the same venue on June 3, but the show was called off because of an injury to top-of-the-bill Dillian Whyte.
Tickets are still available priced at £40, £60 and £100 at www.theo2.co.uk. VIP passes, costing £150, are exclusively available at www.matchroomboxing.com.