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UK Boxing: Ricky Summers; Ted Cheeseman; Kevin Burnett

Ricky Summers is ready to unleash his frustrations on Frank Buglioni and finally rip the British Light-Heavyweight title away from the champion when they clash at The O2 on Saturday night, live on Sky Sports.


The unbeaten Tipton man has been waiting in the wings for a crack at Buglioni since February when it was first announced that the pair would meet for the Wise Guy’s British strap.

A sparring injury followed by a cancelled show have meant that Summers has had to bide his time –‘Digger’ will finally get his hands on Buglioni and, he hopes, the Lord Lonsdale belt.


“It’s been frustrating but that’s boxing,” said Summers. “Frank got injured, then a show was pulled, so it’s been a longer wait than we imagined. I was able to get out in March and blow away a few cob-webs and I feel like I’ve been in camp forever, which isn’t a bad thing. I’m feeling the best I’ve ever felt.”

The postponements have allowed Summers to spend more time with his new training team of Richie Ghent and Robert Wright whilst allowing him to undertake further strength and conditioning sessions with Des Witter.

“The postponements have given me and the team more time to work on things in the gym,” he added. “Perhaps it’s been a blessing in disguise because this is the best I have ever felt.

“I’m with a new team now and it’s given us time to gel as a team. Working with Des has been great, he trains the Yafais and Jamie Cox who are flying, and I am feeling the benefits too.

“I’m in the shape of my life and the delays have only made me hungrier to get my hands on that British Title. We are now top of the bill on a Sky Sports show, which is an added incentive.”

Buglioni has declared that he’ll win the Lord Lonsdale belt outright before targeting a showdown with WBA champion Nathan Cleverly – confident that he’ll do a job on the challenger, but Summers says he’s in for a rude awakening.

“Let’s see how long he lasts – he’ll be shocked when he gets in there with me,” said Summers. “I haven’t got the experience he has, he’s boxed at World level and I’m not going to bad mouth him as he’s a good fighter, but I’ve got the ability to beat him and do it well.

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“Frank is a good fighter but I’m confident of getting the win and bringing the belt back home to the Black Country.

“The British belt is one if the best out there, it’s a World title fight for me so I’ve left no stone unturned for this – 100 per cent this ends in a Ricky Summers win.”

Summers’ clash with Buglioni is part of a huge night of action in London as Team GB Rio Olympic bronze medal man Joshua Buatsi makes his hotly-anticipated pro debut.

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Reece Bellotti goes for his first pro title against Jamie Speight with the WBC International Silver Featherweight strap on the line, Ted Cheeseman also fights for his first belt against English Super-Welterweight champion Matthew Ryan in a British title eliminator and there’s a rivalry brewing between London Cruiserweights Isaac Chamberlain and Lawrence Okolie who both have six rounders on the slate.

Welterweight talent Conor Benn returns from injury and there’s action for Jake Ball, Danny Dignum, Craig Richards and Morgan Jones.

Tickets are on sale now priced £40 – £100 via www.theo2.co.uk. £150 VIP tickets are available exclusively from www.matchroomboxing.com

CHEESEMAN: I CAN BECOME TOP DOG IN BRITAIN

Cheeseman enters his first title fight full of confidence having moved to 8-0 in March and the 21 year old talent wants to make a big impact in the new season where he feels the British title is his for the taking with Liam Williams likely to vacate the crown.

“I can beat Matthew I believe the division is open and I can take advantage,” said Cheeseman.

“It’s going to be a good test. I’m pushing on with every fight and the last three fights the guys I’ve boxed have been unbeaten or had good records and come to fight with ambitions to win, so I feel that I am stepping up a lot.

“Beating Lloyd Ellett pushed me right up in the rankings. You can wait around and clock up lots of fights against journeymen or you can test yourself.

“I’ve only had eight fights but I’m already right up there so there’s no point sticking around. I had a lot of fights as an amateur and I’ve learnt a lot in my pro outings so let’s push on and see how far I can get.

Cheeseman’s clash with Ryan is part of a big night of action with Frank Buglioni defending his British Light-Heavyweight title against Ricky Summers.

Team GB Rio Olympic bronze medal man Joshua Buatsi makes his hotly-anticipated pro debut, Reece Bellotti goes for his first pro title against Jamie Speight with the WBC International Silver Featherweight strap on the line and there’s a rivalry brewing between London Cruiserweights Isaac Chamberlain and Lawrence Okolie who both have six rounders on the slate.

Welterweight talent Conor Benn returns from injury and there’s action for Jake Ball, Danny Dignum, Craig Richards and Morgan Jones.

Tickets are on sale now priced £40 – £100 via www.theo2.co.uk. £150 VIP tickets are available exclusively from www.matchroomboxing.com

BURNETT MEETS LORD MAYOR – AND VOWS TO BRING HUGE FIGHTS TO BELFAST

Burnett landed the IBF strap with a brilliant performance against defending champion Lee Haskins at the SSE Arena earlier this month, and now takes time off to relax and allow the nasty cut he sustained from a second round head-clash to heal.

The 25 year old is aiming to return to his hometown for a first defence early in the new season and Burnett knows that there’s a target on his back now as a World ruler – and that’s something he’s relishing.

“I know that staying World champion is tougher than becoming World champion – and that’s the challenge that I’m looking forward to,” said Burnett. “There’s some great fights out there and I’ve already beaten a top World champion in Lee so I feel ready to take on all comers.

“I’ll move at the pace that Adam Booth and Eddie Hearn decide is right and take on anyone that they put in my path. Winning the title on my home patch was a dream come true and we can have some massive nights in Belfast now.”

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