Exclusive: Callum Johnson is solid, but chin isn’t good enough – says Frank Buglioni on mandatory

Joe Hewlett 04/09/2017

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Frank Buglioni will return to the ring towards the backend of 2017 as he prepares to make the second defence of his Lonsdale belt.

Despite being linked with a mouth-watering domestic tear-up with Anthony Yarde, it will be another Brit in Callum Johnson who will be his opponent.

And the ‘Wise Guy’ is in the zone to win in clinical fashion as he predicted the outcome of their upcoming bout.

“I’ve seen Callum fight, he’s from the amateurs and was at the Team GB trials when I was there as well. He’s a good, solid fighter who’s very strong and is a good puncher but he’s vulnerable. I intend to exploit those,” he exclusively told World Boxing News.

“If I’m being perfectly honest, his chin it isn’t good enough for that level. Everyone can be hurt but Johnson offers to trade, by the time he lands one I’ll be landing two before he lands and my power is more than his and my chins better as well,” he added.

Since moving up to light-heavyweight, the fans favourite has notched up three successive wins, which included his fight of the year contender against Hosea Burton.

Buglioni admitted to WBN that he would relish the chance a rematch with Burton or Anthony Yarde in an attempt to win the British title outright.

However, Buglioni hopes to move into world title contention in 2018.

“I feel the improvements, camp on camp, they’re all coming together. Like McGregor says, you win or you learn and I’ve certainly adapted that to my attitude. The fights that I haven’t won, I’ve learned from and came back stronger and it’s made me a better a fighter.

“The aim is to win the British outright and see what possibilities are about, whether that’s the European or the final eliminators for these world title fights and get myself in these positions. There are some world class fighters out there.

“You have to be sensible. At light-heavyweight it’s probably the biggest gap from domestic level to world level,” the likable Londoner concluded.

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