Buglioni vs Summers: Frank Buglioni and Joshua Buatsi head an exciting bill this Saturday at The O2

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Image: Frank Buglioni tops Saturday's O2 bill, live on Sky Sports, with Joshua Buatsi, Lawrence Okolie and Conor Benn also in action

Frank Buglioni tops a packed O2 bill this Saturday which also sees a host of exciting prospects in action, including standout Olympian Joshua Buatsi.

Buglioni will make the first defence of his British title against the undefeated Ricky Summers at London's O2 arena, live on Sky Sports, while Buatsi will finally lace up the gloves in the professional ranks having excelled at last summer's Rio Olympics.

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The talented 24-year-old won a bronze medal at the games and will want to make another impression as he makes his much-anticipated debut.

It is a night full of some of Britain's brightest young talents as Buatsi is joined on the card by former Team GB team-mate Lawrence Okolie, who is having his fourth professional fight, while Conor Benn returns to the ring.

Frank Buglioni v Ricky Summers

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Frank Buglioni won the British title in dramatic fashion and will again want to impress on Saturday night

London's Buglioni will defend the British light-heavyweight title that he won in such thrilling fashion against Hosea Burton last December as the home favourite battles unbeaten foe Ricky Summers.

Buglioni's resilient and come-forward style is easy on the eye, his incredibly dramatic win over Burton demonstrating just that, and now he will hope to impress on the big stage this weekend.

Summers will be eager to spoil the party and 'Digger' is unbeaten in thirteen fights and has sparred the likes of Carl Froch and Nathan Cleverly in the past.

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Joshua Buatsi's professional debut

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Image: Joshua Buatsi impressed on his way to an Olympic bronze medal

Olympic bronze medallist Joshua Buatsi was undoubtedly the stand-out performer on the men's boxing team in Brazil and after patient deliberation, he finally signed a deal with Eddie Hearn and Matchroom Boxing.

The 24-year-old light-heavyweight displayed explosive punch power throughout the Olympics before eventually losing on points to Kazakhstan's Adilbek Niyazymbetov in the semi-finals.

Buatsi has teamed up with Joshua's own management company and will hope to follow a similar path as the heavyweight star, taking his first step of the journey this Saturday night.

Lawrence Okolie v Russ Henshaw

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Lawrence 'The Sauce' Okolie's exciting start to his pro career continues this Saturday night

Okolie is another Olympian to make the transition from the impressive Team GB conveyor belt and the hard-hitting 24-year-old has so far stopped all his opponents in the first round of their scheduled contests.

The cruiserweight has power in both fists and Okolie will be eager to impress as he hunts that fourth straight first-round KO.

But Henshaw is a step up in ability, having only been stopped on two occasions, and he also brings a winning record to the ring.

Conor Benn returns

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Conor Benn was last in action when he stopped Steven Backhouse in just over a minute of the first round

Conor Benn believes he is a new and greatly-improved fighter and after seven months out of action 'The Destroyer' is determined to remind fight fans of his all-action style.

Benn has been keeping himself hidden away in the gym, grafting and learning his trade, and will now look to extend his six-fight unbeaten run in the professional ranks.

The 20-year-old has promised to unleash a new beast at the O2 Arena and continue what he believes is Britain's most exciting journey in the sport.

Fighters to follow

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 29:  Ted Cheeseman of England celebrates after defeating Chris Jenkinson of England during their Super Welterweight contest at
Image: Ted Cheeseman will look to claim the English super-welterweight title against Matthew Ryan on Saturday night

A packed bill also includes unbeaten prospects Ted Cheeseman and Reece Bellotti, who can continue their swift rise up the rankings.

Cheeseman 21, has excelled so far in his short career, but now faces his toughest test to date as he takes on English champion Matthew Ryan in a British title eliminator.

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Reece Bellotti won his British title eliminator against Dai Davies last time out

Featherweight Bellotti has similarly dazzled at times, stopping all but one of his nine previous opponents, and the Watford star will look to claim the WBC International Silver title by overcoming current Southern Area champion Jamie Speight.

Isaac Chamberlain, Craig Richards, Danny Dignum and Jake Ball will also be in action earlier in the evening.

Ways to watch

Saturday's card from the O2 Arena will be streamed from 5.30pm on Sky Sports Facebook, before going live on Sky Sports from 7.30pm.

Fight schedule


Isaac Chamberlain v Ryan Crawford - 6x3 cruiserweight

Jake Ball v Jamie Ambler - 8x3 light-heavyweight

Danny Dignum v Yailton Neves - 4x3 super-middleweight


Reece Bellotti v Jamie Speight - 10x3 WBC International Silver featherweight title

Lawrence Okolie v Russell Henshaw - 6x3 cruiserweight

Matthew Ryan v Ted Cheeseman - 10x3 English super-welterweight Title

Conor Benn v Mike Cole - 6x3 welterweight

Joshua Buatsi v Carlos Mena - 6x3 light-heavyweight

Frank Buglioni v Ricky Summers - 12x3 Rounds British light-heavyweight Title

Watch Frank Buglioni against Ricky Summers this Saturday night, with Joshua Buatsi, Conor Benn, Lawrence Okolie, Ted Cheeseman and Reece Bellotti also in action at The 02, from 7.30pm on Sky Sports 1.

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