Buglioni Return Excites Collins

Irish great Steve Collins says he’s looking for a big performance from his new charge Frank Buglioni this Saturday (20 September) at the York Hall, Bethnal Green.

Buglioni has his second comeback fight against Bulgarian Alexey Ribchev in a 10-round super middleweight contest on the undercard of Bradley Skeete’s WBA Inter-Continental welterweight title defence against Leandro Mendes Pinto, live and exclusive on BoxNation (Sky channel 437/HD 490, Virgin channel 546 and TalkTalk channel 525).

Former two-time and two-weight world champion, Collins, and his brother Paschal took over Buglioni’s training after the Londoner split amicably with respected trainer Mark Tibbs following his win against Sam Couzens in July.

Collins said, “Frank has done extremely well in his first camp in Dublin under myself and Paschal, we’re all very happy how he’s adapted and performed to a completely new environment, he’s happy with the camp and facilities so we hope it will show on Saturday night.

“He’s had first-class sparring here with some top up-and-coming guys like Gary ‘Spike’ O’Sullivan, Ian Tims, Luke Keeler and with him coming to the gym, it’s a case of who’s the top dog. At the moment Frank is the top dog and the other guys want his mantle so the pressure’s on him to perform and it’s working for him. He’s in very, very, competitive spars with the guys and he’s fighting to survive.

“I’d like to see a good, strong performance from him on Saturday night against Ribchev, who’s a hard kid, and then we’ll take stock after and see where we need to improve, but without giving away too much I’m really looking forward to his fight.”

Bradley Skeete v Leandro Mendes Pinto for the WBA Inter-Continental welterweight title headlines the show with top talents Tom Baker, Romeo Romaeo, Brett Beadon, Georgie Kean, Ediz Hussein, Macaulay McGowan, Louis Adolphe and Kirk Garvey all featuring on the undercard.

Remaining tickets are available from Ticketmaster on 0844 844 0444 or at www.ticketmaster.co.uk.

Watch live and exclusive on BoxNation on Sky channel 437/HD 490, Virgin channel 546 and TalkTalk channel 525. Join at www.boxnation.com or watch online at Livesport.tv and via iPhone, iPad or Android.

Courtesy of the Queensberry Promotions press office

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