Buglioni vs Summers: Unbeaten challenger Ricky Summers predicts upset victory over Frank Buglioni
By Neel Khagram
Last Updated: 08/08/17 4:24pm
Ricky Summers has described the upcoming battle with Frank Buglioni as his "world title fight".
The unbeaten 29-year-old will challenge Buglioni for the British light-heavyweight title at The O2 Arena this Saturday night, live on Sky Sports, and Summers is predicting a shock victory over the champion.
"This is what boxing is all about," Summers told boxingnews24.com.
"I've waited a long time to get here and I'm confident I can get the job done. This is my world title fight.
"I know the risks. If it's a close fight, they are probably going to give it to the champion in his backyard, but I can see a big upset coming off.
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"I'm a big light heavyweight and I can punch a lot harder than my record suggests. He'll feel my strength and power in there."
Buglioni is making the first defence of the title he won with a dramatic late stoppage of Hosea Burton in December and has already spoken of his desire to either rematch the 'Hammer' or face WBA 'regular' champion Nathan Cleverly.
But Summers believes Buglioni is far too seasoned to overlook the threat that he poses this weekend.
"They don't call him 'the Wise Guy' for nothing, he's a smart kid. He probably wants me to think that he's underestimated me," Summers said.
"I've seen on social media that he's training hard and I'm expecting the best Frank Buglioni. That's what I want.
"It's days rather than weeks away now and I'm excited. I couldn't ask for a bigger stage and to be in the main event, live on Sky Sports, will be a dream come true.
"Whatever happens, I'll become a better fighter for it. It's going to be an experience like I've never had before and I can't wait."
Watch Frank Buglioni against Ricky Summers this Saturday night, with Joshua Buatsi, Conor Benn, Lawrence Okolie also in action at The 02, from 7.30pm on Sky Sports 1.