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Buglioni will not get better chance of becoming world champion against Chudinov

22 Sep | BY Betway | MIN READ TIME |
Buglioni will not get better chance of becoming world champion against Chudinov

The British fighter takes on the unbeaten Russian, who defends his super-middleweight title for the first time, at Wembley Arena on Saturday

Boxing is a sport of opportunity.

And the unpredictability of the fight game means that when a fighter gets his chance, they must take it.

In May 2015, relative novice Fedor Chudinov got a world title shot against champion Felix Sturm just 13 bouts into his pro career.

Chudinov had looked impressive in his 39 rounds prior to fighting Sturm – rushing to 12-0 – but his opponent was a massive step up.

But in front of Sturm’s lively home crowd in Germany, Chudinov achieved a split-decision win which propelled him to sixth in the super-middleweight world rankings.

This weekend, the 28-year-old travels to London to defend his WBA World Super Middleweight belt for the first time against British fighter Frank Buglioni.

He is 1/6 to retain his title.

Buglioni is currently Britain’s seventh-ranked Super Middleweight according to BoxRec and has the opportunity of a lifetime to become world champion in an extremely competitive division.

The Enfield lad has proved his worth at European level – winning the WBO European title at his first attempt in 2013 – but suffered a devastating loss to Sergey Khomitsky a year later.

Buglioni is 9/2 to cause an upset against Chudinov.

It is going to be very difficult for the 26-year-old against a supremely confident and powerful Chudinov, who holds a 77 per cent KO ratio.

Previously-unbeaten fighters such as Ben McCulloch and Andy Perez are two of his most-recent opponents and he dismantled them them both within three rounds.

That is ominous for Buglioni, who has been KO’d before.

Chudinov could bully ‘Wise Guy’ Buglioni and land big punches on the inside.

If so, expect Chudinov to land a KO blow at 4/9.

But Buglioni will hope to show something in front of a packed-out Wembley Arena.

Chudinov is a very inexperienced champion, after all, not to mention the lowest-ranked out of all the Super Middleweight title holders.

At 6ft 1in, the Brit is the taller man and must use his reach advantage to keep Chudinov on the end of his long jab.

Buglioni has the power to cause trouble, too, having won 68 per cent of his bouts by KO.

A points win is probably his most likely method of victory, though, and he will certainly have trained for the 12 rounds.

If Buglioni can keep the fight at long range he could just nick this one, with the Brit 9/1 to win on points and 25/1 for a shock draw.

Fedor Chudinov v Frank Buglioni betting