British light-heavyweight champion, Hosea Burton, insists that Frank Buglioni will not have the skill or size to compete with him when the pair meet at the Manchester Arena on September 24.
Burton was originally scheduled to make the first defence of his British title against Tony Dodson in May, however, Dodson was forced to withdraw after snapping his Achilles.
As a result, Burton hopes to channel his frustration into a masterclass against Buglioni.
“It’s frustrating because I should be fighting to win this belt outright now,” said Burton. “Tony’s injury was unfortunate and there’s not a lot you can do about that, but TT was knocked back for a shot but he’s now fighting in an eliminator for it on the same night so I don’t get that. Frank is going to be in a bad place come September 24.
“I am a better boxer than Frank. When you watch his fights, he cannot evade a punch, there’s nothing wrong with his heart and he proved he has tons of that in the Fedor Chudinov fight. He’s got limited ability though and he’s vulnerable to everything I am good at. He’s a good boxer but not good enough to beat me, especially not at Light-Heavyweight. He’s not big enough and he’s not skilled enough.
“I am the best in the division. It’s a thin division but I can say that because I am the best in the division. If you can’t beat the rest of them then I can’t say it, but I beat all of them and I can beat three of them in one night. Frank is coming up from Super-Middleweight and I don’t think he deserves the shot, to be honest, and he certainly shouldn’t be ahead of me in the BoxRec rankings – I am going to take him out of those rankings and make him think about going back to Super-Middleweight.”