British boxing’s hottest young prospect Frank Buglioni will head up the big Wembley Arena undercard on Saturday 16th March.
The London star will feature on the biggest boxing show of the year, joint-headlined by WBO World Lightweight Champion Ricky Burns and WBO World Light-Heavyweight Champion Nathan Cleverly, plus George Groves, Dereck Chisora* and Liam Walsh
All the action will be live and exclusive on the Channel of Champions BoxNation (Sky Ch. 437/Virgin Ch. 546).
Buglioni, now unbeaten in seven fights with five knockouts, starts his 2013 campaign with a step up to eight-rounds for the first time in his career against an opponent to be announced.
The 23-year-old from Enfield has been tipped for the top this year by BoxNation presenter Steve Bunce who chose Buglioni as his emerging talent in a recent Independent feature ‘The stars of 2013: The talents that will hit the big time next year’.
He hasn’t escaped the eye of The Sun’s well respected columnist Colin Hart who said last year that Buglioni has the equipment to reach the top of the super-middleweight division.
“It’s an unbelievable show to have my first fight of the year on amongst some of British boxing’s biggest names in Burns, Cleverly and Groves, it’s a real honour,” Said Buglioni.
“I had a great 2012, getting in five fights and going from four to six rounds, some finishing early and some going the distance, it’s all great experience as I move towards my first title this year, hopefully a Southern Area or English title,”
“I’ve been working hard in the gym with Mark and Jimmy Tibbs and I’ve been doing 8-10 rounds so I hope to see the benefits and improvements when I get in the ring.”
An action-packed undercard also features unbeaten Edinburgh light-middleweight John Thain; West Drayton light-middleweight Steve O’Meara; Wembley light-welterweight Gary Corcoran; Harrow Weald super-featherweight Mitchell Smith; Islington super-featherweight Joey Taylor and Bushey light-middleweight Miles Shinkwin.
Tickets for Rule Britannia, priced at £40, £50, £75, £100, £150 and £200 are available from Eventim on 0844 249 1000 or www.eventim.co.uk
Rule Britannia is live and exclusive on The Home of Champions BoxNation (Sky Ch. 437/Virgin Ch. 546). Join at www.boxnation.com
*Dereck Chisora’s appearance on the show is strictly subject to him being successful with his license application to the British Boxing Board of Control.
JAZZA DICKENS: “I’M READY FOR KID GALAHAD OR ANY OTHER SUPER-BANTAM”
HOT Liverpool prospect James ‘Jazza’ Dickens is still hopeful that a clash with fellow rising star Kid Galahad can happen, but says he’s happy to fight anyone else if not.
The 21-year-old gave up the chance of representing Team GB at last summer’s London Olympics in order to turn professional and has so far impressed in 13 outings.
And 2013 started well for the affable Merseyside southpaw when the British Boxing Board of Control nominated him to contest the vacant English super-bantamweight crown.
However, it seems that fellow nominee, Kid Galahad, isn’t keen on the proposal, recently telling his local newspaper that he is not “fussed about the English title”.
“Kid Galahad is a step up and a test and that's what I want,” Dickens said.
“I hope he doesn’t pull out, but if he does the board will have to nominate someone else to fight me and I will still get a shot at the English title.
“I’m just over the moon that I am to get a title fight. I’m ready now and honestly not bothered who I have to fight.
“I expect my manager Steve Wood and Hatton Promotions to put a winning bid so I box at home, but if Mick Hennessey (Galahad’s promoter) bids big for Channel 5 to show the fight then more people will see me win the title and therefore I’m easy about where it happens.
“I’m just bouncing round the gym waiting for it. Believe me I will be ready!”
Promoter Ricky Hatton said: “The super-bantamweight division is one of the most talked about in Britain with Quigg and Frampton, but both would be well advised to keep an eye on Jazza Dickens, who I think could be the dark horse of the group.
“I also think a fight against Kid Galahad will bring Jazza right to the forefront as it’s a fight I feel he most definitely wins.”
Dave Egan has set his sights on a title by the end of the year after 2013 started with a bang for the Cannock light welterweight.
The 29 year-old secured a first knock-out, and fourth straight victory, with a stunning one round demolition of Ricky Stock last Friday.
Fighting on the undercard of Frankie Gavin’s successful British welterweight defence against Jason Welborn at Walsall Town Hall, Egan needed just 93 seconds to blow his opponent away.
“I’m really pleased with how things are going and just want to progress,” he told www.uko-boxing.com. “"Hopefully I'll get six or seven fights in this calendar year, that's the plan, and, towards the end of this year, winter time, and go for a Masters Title maybe or a Midlands Area Title.
“I'm obviously not at the level of a Frankie Gavin where they can just jump straight into the British picture, skipping half of the levels. Any kind of title would be awesome for me - Masters or Midlands would be great - and then you can build on that.
“That's exactly what Jason Welborn, who put up a great show against Frankie, has done - he won the Midlands title, defended it and then he got a shot at the British title.”
Egan’s performance was eye catching. The speed and ferocity he showed to get his opponent out so quickly will have raised a few eyebrows. However, he had mixed emotions after sending a fellow sportsman to the canvas with such a brutal shot.
“The knockout was a great feeling but horrible at the same time,” he added. “I'd spoken to Ricky before the fight and he came across as a really nice chap.
“Then I knock him out, and it was a proper knockout, he was gone on the floor, that wasn't the nicest feeling. As soon as you know he's all right, it's ok though. All your mates are cheering, so it is such a buzz.”