Buglioni vs Johnson 24 March 2018: Boxing Preview and Predictions. The chief support to Saturday night’s highly anticipated heavyweight showdown between Dillian Whyte & Lucas Browne is the British and Commonwealth title duel between respective holders Frank & Callum at the 02 Arena, London.
Frank Buglioni is determined to write his name into boxing history on Saturday by retaining his British light heavyweight title against Callum Johnson.
The Wise Guy (21-2-1) has reeled off three victories against unbeaten opponents (Hosea Burton, Ricky Summers and Craig Richards) and aims to also take The One’s ‘0’ to keep the Lonsdale belt outright – the first to ever accomplish that feat against unbeaten opponents.
“I’d be setting a record, cementing my name in history against all undefeated fighters,” Buglioni told Mirror Sport.
“It would be a phenomenal achievement.
“I’ve wanted to win it outright for a long time. Camp has gone perfect. I’ve been in some big fights now and that experience has put me in a good place, I think that will be the difference.
Johnson (16-0) was set to take on Buglioni last October on the Anthony Joshua vs Carlos Takam undercard, but was forced to pull out after suffering serious pains in his chest.
The 175-pound division is bubbling nicely in the UK, with unbeaten Anthony Yarde (15-0) eager to fight Buglioni, though unwilling to earn the shot by beating Burton in an eliminator.
I wouldn’t insist on anything like that [a purse split],” Buglioni insists. “Just that I get my quota and he gets whatever his is.
“It doesn’t really matter. I’m not worried about who gets what. It also doesn’t matter to me [what channel it is on.
The British light heavyweight champions, Frank Buglioni, will be defending his title at the O2 Arena in London against former Commonwealth Games gold medalist, Callum Johnson. Both fighters will know the importance of this fight and as a result, we should be able to see a top quality boxing match.
Frank Buglioni enters this fight with a record of 21 wins, 2 losses, and 1 draw. The champions won his title in December 2016 and this will be the third time he is defending his crown. Buglioni is a very talented fighter and although he has won 15 times via knockout, both his title defenses have been won via decision. While this is not a large sample size, it seems like Frank Buglioni becomes a more defensive fighter when defending the title.
On the other side of the coin, Callum Johnson enters this fight unbeaten with a record of 16 wins and no losses. At the age of 32, this is the peak of Johnson’s fighting career and he will be determined to make that count by winning titles. Johnson has tons of experience and although he is yet to make a name as a top fighter, I think he has enough skill and desire to beat the champions, Frank Buglioni, and gain the British light heavyweight title.
As far as betting is concerned, we are getting a good enough price to bet on Callum Johnson to win the fight and the title. This is the best wager and that is what I am going to suggest. In addition to that, I like this fight to end via knockout since that is what has been happening in Johnson’s fights lately
The chief support to Saturday night’s highly anticipated heavyweight showdown between Dillian Whyte & Lucas Browne is the British and Commonwealth title duel between respective holders Frank Buglioni & Callum Johnson at the 02 Arena, London. The clash has been a long time in the making following an original date set for October 31st which ultimately fell through due to injury on the behalf of Johnson. It is better late than never to see arguably the two premier 175lb fighters go toe to toe.
Frank Buglioni despite his achievements is a fighter who splits popular opinion. Not as a person, he is a decent fellow, very amicable and as a fighter, he is very good. Through no fault of his own, has seen himself caught in a political minefield between himself and Anthony Yarde (signed to Frank Warren, with a public back and forth between the pair. Due to the popularity of Yarde and his antics, has seen an unfair and unjust critique of Buglioni during his title reign as British champion.
It is seemingly obvious that the Yarde camp has tried to surpass the traditional routes t get to the British title, having previously being mandated to fight former British titleholder Hosea Burton last year by the BBBofC in a final eliminator, with the winner set to face Buglioni in 2018. Yarde and the promotional team surrounding Anthony, have completely disregarded the fact of earning your stripes as you go along, thinking it is their right to jump the cue. Enough about Yarde, he ain’t fighting weekend anyway.
Put it this way, if you look at genuine belts won in genuine fights then this encounter is the true domestic encounter between the number 1 and 2 on the circuit.
Frank Buglioni despite a successful period at super-middleweight really shot to the front of the spotlight in December 2016 in his fight of the year contender and comeback from the brink, stopping Hosea Burton in twelfth round having been down on the cards at that point. It was a fight which saw Buglioni orginally struggle in but eventually got his foothold, wrestled the momentum away from Burton and ultimately broke him down including knockdowns in rounds 11 and 12 prior to the stoppage. It was a victory which really sums up Frank as a fighter on reflection. Bravery, toughness, grit, determination and explosiveness summed up the bout and Frank in general.
The two defences of which Frank has had so far have successful but tough testing encounters against undefeated and hungry fighters. Fights to many on paper at the times against Ricky Summers and Craig Richards (who replaced Johnson on Oct 31) turned out to be testing encounters especially Summers back in July. Frank if successful could be the first fighter to win the Lord Lonsdale belt outright by defeating an undefeated champion and three undefeated challengers at light-heavyweight. It would be a magnificent achievement for any fighter to win the Lonsdale belt outright, but to do it against all undefeated fighters is something a little bit special.
Callum Johnson, however, is a fighter who is being completely written off in my opinion. Yes, he has suffered a lot of inactivities some of it self-inflicted, some out of out of his control and some for reasons very personal if you know Callum. A reminder to anyone who isn’t aware of Callum is that he is a former Commonwealth gold medal winner in 2010 along with gym mate Callum Smith along with various national titles as an amateur. So the pedigree is there, just like Frank who himself has a solid amateur grounding.
Callum (once active) has a lot of dimensions to his game which is far removed from his trainer Joe Gallagher’S way of training and how his fighters fight traditionally. Callum is technically very very very good, knows how to select and throw his shots with maximum effect. Callum is also a proven puncher at least on the domestic circuit with 11 stoppages from his sixteen straight wins as a profesional, so his punches carry pop, he can get you out of there if he chooses and can also get his hands dirty if required.
However, despite all of this, Callum is simply not been active despite alll of the above. Yes he is very good but a lot of questions remain with him. How sharp is he, will he start quick or slow or even how will be under the big bright lights once again? Only Callum can answer those questions but he has the ability to do so. It is wether is head allows him to do so, if it does, we have one hell of a fight on the cards.
This fight if it does strike hot, could more then likely steal the whole show. If both men perform then you will be entertained at home. If both men perform then it sends a direct message to Anthony Yarde.