Frank Buglioni to face Fedor Chudinov on July 24 in London, England
British super middleweight prospect Frank Buglioni will challenge Fedor Chudinov for the “regular” WBA super middleweight title on July 24 in London, England.
*Note: THE RING only recognizes Andre Ward as WBA champion at this weight
Buglioni (16-1-1, 12 knockouts) was scheduled to face Lee Markham in a rematch of a thrilling domestic encounter which ended in a draw last month, but the chance to face Chudinov, rated No. 9 by THE RING at 168 pounds, was too good to turn down.
“This is a golden opportunity,” said Buglioni in a press release issued by Queensberry Promotions. “I’m going in with a class fighter in Chudinov who went to (Felix) Sturm’s backyard and beat him. I know what I’ve got to do and will train to beat him.”
Chudinov, from Serpukhov, Moscow, pulled off a huge upset when he dethroned Sturm last month via split decision. He has a perfect record of 13-0 (10 KO’s) and is accustomed to traveling, so a trip to England will not faze the game 27-year-old.
He said, “I have no problem coming to London. Buglioni is tough and strong with plenty of heart, but I must break his heart in his home city. I will fight anywhere in the world because that is what I do.”
Chudinov’s brother Dmitry was stopped in the twelfth and final round of a middleweight bout with Chris Eubank Jnr in February.
Information provided courtesy of a press release
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Tom Gray is a member of the British Boxing Writers’ Association and has contributed to various publications. Follow him on Twitter: @Tom_Gray_Boxing