Joshua vs Molina: Hosea Burton wants to prove he is a class above Frank Buglioni on December 10
By Richard Damerell
Last Updated: 01/12/16 7:22pm
Hosea Burton believes he is the best light-heavyweight in Britain and expects to be a class above Frank Buglioni on December 10.
The 28-year-old puts his British belt on the line against Buglioni on a packed undercard for Anthony Joshua's IBF heavyweight title defence against Eric Molina at Manchester Arena, live on Sky Sports Box Office.
Buglioni stepped up to world title level last year and suffered a hard-fought points defeat to Fedor Chudinov, but the unbeaten Burton is not impressed with his challenger and intends to prove he is the top talent in the division.
To have the British title and be part of the light-heavyweights is good, but I think the men at light-heavy are me and Callum Johnson.
"He has mixed with good company but Chudinov was a small super-middleweight and a natural middleweight and boxed his ears off, so I am big light-heavyweight and I know I am the man for the job.
"To have the British title and be part of the light-heavyweights is good, but I think the men at light-heavy are me and Callum Johnson.
"(Anthony) Yarde and (Jake) Ball have got a fair few more fights to take before they get in with us."
Nathan Cleverly sits at the top of the domestic rankings after stopping Juergen Braehmer to claim the WBA light-heavyweight belt in October.
Burton has welcomed the Welshman's second reign as a world champion and hopes he will retain the title long enough for him to become a future challenger.
"I think I am the best light-heavyweight in the country," said Burton. "Whoever, whenever.
"Cleverly upset a few with that win, but I am over the moon for him he did that. It's great for British boxing and it's great he's a light-heavyweight. It means I can fight him one day."
Watch Hosea Burton v Frank Buglioni on the undercard of Joshua v Molina, on December 10, live on Sky Sports Box Office. Book the event online here.