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February 1, 2017

Burton: Buglioni will have to fight me again

Hosea Burton, Frank Buglioni, Joe Gallagher

Hosea Burton (right) says Frank Buglioni (left) will get more money fighting him in a rematch than anyone else.

by Shaun Brown

After going into unchartered territory for the first time in his professional career, Hosea Burton is confident he now has the experience to beat Frank Buglioni should he get a rematch with the British light heavyweight champion.

The pair lit up the Manchester Arena, and their careers, with a fight which was a modern-day classic back in December.

Manchester's Burton (18-1, 9 KOs) walked in as champion, but walked out without his Lonsdale belt after Londoner Buglioni (19-2-1, 15 KOs) edged out his old amateur rival stopping him in the 12th and final round of a fight that had it all.

The defeat was a tough pill to swalow for Burton. He was fed up with boxing but threw himself back into the gym, picked himself up and has his sights firmly set on a Buglioni rematch.

"I know he won but I didn't actually feel as if I lost, if that makes any sense at all," he told Talking Boxing when we spoke to him last week. 

"I was up all the way through the fight, had never been past eight rounds before. I done eight rounds one time (in 2014) at my own pace. Give him credit; he's a tough, tough fighter. He's very, very brave. Took some shots but I don't feel as he should've won that fight. He shouldn't have won that fight."

Burton is back out on March 25, once again at the Manchester Arena and on the undercard of his stablemate Anthony Crolla's WBA World Lightweight title rematch against Jorge Linares. No opponent is in place for Burton, and while it will likely not be Buglioni, the cousin of Tyson Fury is keen to be involved in big fights after getting a taste of it back in December.

"I need to be in the mix for big fights. It's alright me fighting average people, I'm not blowing my own trumpet, but I'm a bit better than average people. The only way I'm going to learn is if I'm going to mix it in company with good people. I think I'm good enough to mix with anyone. I showed that, that night (against Buglioni). I was the better fighter and I never got the win, but that was through experience."

The Burton-Buglioni fight was one filled with momentum swings, heavy shots, heart, desire, blood and an example of what the British title meant to both men. Burton was controlling affairs early on, landing a crisp, consecutive one-two combination that Buglioni was more keen on walking through rather than blocking. But as the fight wore on, Buglioni grew stronger and his refusal to quit drew Burton into the kind of trench warfare that he hasn't been accustomed to.

"The last round I got told to go out and finish him," Burton recalled.

"Now, I was already knackered to be fair. I was tired. I'd never been there before, it's a place you can't train for. If you've not been somewhere, you can't train to go somewhere that you don't think is necessary. Not saying I undertrained, but I'd never been to a place like that before. But now I know there's such a place. I know the pain barriers.

"I broke the pain barriers, I've broke the mental barriers now. I know what to prepare for and I feel I just run out of strength in that fight. I think I boxed more with brains than heart, because heart doesn't really come into a boxer all that much. I think it's more about brains and skill, but him saying in the press conference that he was going to make me quit... there's not a man in the world that can make me quit. Fighting is in my blood, it's in my family.

"That night I was far from quitting, I would rather die than quit and the same goes again. I'd rather die than quit on anything, but experience let me down in that fight. I've had a fair few fights but experience over the distance - that's what let me down."

Burton says that if Buglioni wants to defend the belt and win it outright then he will have to face him once again at some point.

"People want to see that again, the (British) Boxing Board of control will order that fight again. If he wants to defend the belt and win it outright he'll have to fight me. "

Stories have circled that Liverpool's Tony Dodson has been offered a shot at Buglioni, while promoter Eddie Hearn has offered the 'Wise Guy' "huge money" to face Burton once again, this time at Wembley Stadium on the Anthony Joshua-Wladimir Klitschko World Heavyweight title undercard.

"I was the champion before and I know how hard it is to get a fight, even to get a voluntary fight for that belt. I couldn't get a voluntary test," said Burton.

"He's a businessman. I think he'll get more money for fighting me than for fighting anybody else, because it's such a demandable fight now. So, he's a businessman and he'll want to fight. Boxing is a business. I know it's a sport and it's about glory, at the end of the day what's the point in having a bit of glory if there's no money in the bank."