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Callum Johnson Out Of Buglioni Clash, Replaced By Craig Richards

By Elliot Foster

Frank Buglioni has been forced to deal with a last-minute opponent change ahead of his next fight.

The Enfield light-heavyweight had been due to challenge Commonwealth champion Callum Johnson for his title, exclusively live on Sky Sports Box Office.

Buglioni was meant to box Johnson, with his British title also at stake, on the undercard to Anthony Joshua IBF, IBO and WBA Super heavyweight world title defence against Carlos Takam at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff.

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But the 28-year-old (20-2-1, 15 KOs) will now defend his Lonsdale belt against former Southern Area champion Craig Richards after the withdrawal of ‘The One’ for personal reasons.

‘Spider’ Richards, 27, had previously campaigned at super-middleweight, but has stepped up to the 175-pound division as he bids to wrest domestic honours from former WBA ‘regular’ 168-pound title challenger Buglioni.

Their clash, on the Joshua vs. Takam card, is flanked by a number of good fights as Kal Yafai makes a mandatory defence of his WBA super-flyweight world title against undefeated Sho Ishida from Japan.

Katie Taylor challenges for the WBA female lightweight title against Anahi Esther Sanchez, Dave Allen gets a second crack at the Commonwealth heavyweight crown as he challenges Lenroy Thomas in a rematch of their May showdown and Dillian Whyte clashes with Robert Helenius with the vacant WBC Silver title at stake.

Meanwhile, there is action for Lawrence Okolie and Joshua Buatsi, with Joe Cordina set to vie for his first title in just his fifth outing as a pro.

Watch Anthony Joshua vs. Carlos Takam live on Sky Sports Box Office on Saturday from 6pm. Book via your Sky remote or online at http://skysports.com/joshua.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Mick Higgs on 10-24-2017

I was really looking forward to this one, let's hope if Buggy's successful it comes off in the Spring.

Comment by BUCSBronzemedal on 10-23-2017

Callum Johnson is 32 and always injured or delaying step-ups to next levels. Undefeated yet truly untested so far, Wilberforce Shillepo gave him hell for 6 rounds in Commonwealth title fight. I am 31 and will be debuting on the…

Comment by RJJ-94-02=GOAT on 10-23-2017

�������� apparently Allen-Thomas could be off as well. Hearn is having a nightmare. Matchroom in hell.

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