PA 22381373
Home  »    »  Buglioni avoiding complacency in stand-in Castaneda clash

Buglioni avoiding complacency in stand-in Castaneda clash

| 24.07.2015

Frank Buglioni’s hopes of lifting a world title were put on hold when reigning super-middleweight champion Fedor Chudinov pulled out of their scheduled bout due to a broken nose, with the Londoner now facing stand-in Fernando Castaneda.

The 26-year-old’s shot at the title has been out off until Autumn as his Russian opponent continues a comeback from the sustained injury, but the immediate target is Mexican Castaneda, who has lost three of his last five contests.

Britain Boxing

Despite such a seemingly underwhelming stand-in counterpart, Buglioni, who has only ever been overcome once in his professional career, isn’t taking anything for granted and wants a strong showing (odds-on 1/33 to win).

“This is a crucial fight for me and I know that I have to perform in style and win,” Buglioni stated.

“Whilst it’s disappointing that it’s not Chudinov in front of me, Castaneda is a game, strong, fighter and I believe he’s also done plenty of sparring with Saul Alavarez, so he’ll know his way around the ring.

“Of course being a Mexican he’s going to be a tough opponent and will take some wearing down, but I’ve trained hard for Chudinov and I’ve got to take out all my built up frustration on someone so Castaneda is going to get it.

“He’s the final hurdle I have to overcome until I get to Chudinov later this year. I’m looking to put on a professional performance and come through victorious and then focus on Chudinov.”

Boxing - BBBofC and EBU Heavyweight Title - Dereck Chisora v Tyson Fury - ExCel Arena

‘The Wise Guy’, born in Enfield and, as his surname suggests, has Italian heritage tracing back to Naples, will want to avoid any upsets, with his stand-in foe Castaneda 10/1 to triumph and stun the hopeful world champion.

Buglioni’s fellow British super-middleweight Jamie Cox will take on Blas Miguel Martinez on the undercard and is hoping that potentially claiming the WBO belt will open the opportunity of a world title shot (odds-on 1/20 to triumph).

“I’m at a stage now where I’ll fight anyone at middle or super-middle,” Cox declared.

“Pain only lasts for a day or so. I want to challenge myself to see how good I am. I’d love the winner of Chudinov- Buglioni and an impressive performance on the undercard would make me a very viable voluntary challenger.

Boxing - Welterweight Eliminator Title Bout - Jamie Cox v Mark Lloyd - Wolverhampton Civic Hall

“Sometimes, when I turn the boxing on, it’s boring whereas I’d like to think I’ve always proven myself pretty exciting.”

The Swindon southpaw gets a crack at adding the European strap to his Commonwealth light-middle belt, which he collected back in 2011, when he confronts Swiss fighter Martinez at Wembley (9/1 to win).

Both Buglioni and Cox will be hoping to enjoy a successful night, which could see the super-middleweight division become even more enthralling, as this British duo target personal glory on home soil.



Lee Gormley

Lee joined the Coral team in 2014 after studying at Leeds Trinity University, having moved across the water from Ireland, and has plenty of industry experience from his time with various news outlets in both England and Northern Ireland. After graduating with a BA Honours degree in Sports Journalism, he has since become an important member of the talented sports desk, passionately covering boxing, football and snooker, among many other sports. Lee is also a massive Manchester United and Republic of Ireland fan, but curbs any bias during his work, and outside of his job can be found regularly taking part in sport himself, such as boxing, GAA and football.