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December 9, 2016

Trade Picks: Burton v Buglioni

British light heavyweight champion: Hosea Burton

British light heavyweight title challenger: Frank Buglioni

Boxing fans may be talking about Anthony Joshua v Eric Molina, and Dillian Whyte v Dereck Chisora (for the wrong reasons), but there is every possibility that Hosea Burton v Frank Buglioni could the steal the show at the Manchester Arena tomorrow night.

The British light heavyweight title sees (champion) Hosea Burton, unbeaten in 18 starts with nine wins inside the distance, making the first defence of his championship against Frank Buglioni, a former super middleweight whose two losses in 21 contests came against Siarhei Khamitski and Fedor Chudinov.

This is a rematch from a GB box-off contest which Buglioni won back in their amateur days. Burton is eager to settle the score, Buglioni is out to prove that he has Burton's number. Rivalry, needle, and two guys who know how put the opponent's away. Some say it's 50-50 fight. In a new series Talking Boxing sought the opinions of eight people in British boxing to see who they were picking: Burton or Buglioni?

Dec Spelman (British light heavyweight contender):

“My prediction is Frank Buglioni on points. Real 50/50 fight, I just can’t see Burton being able to outbox him. Both big lads, Frank had a good chin down at super middleweight. Will be interesting to see how much Burton’s power will trouble him with the move up in weight for Frank. It’s a real pick em fight."

Arnie Farnell (Trainer):

"I think Hosea will stop Buglioni in the late rounds. I think Frank is a good fighter but his defence ain’t great, and I see Buglioni getting caught with Burton’s long one-two as he is walking in. Hosea can bang with the right and Frank is open."

Tony Bellew (WBC world cruiserweight champion):

" Burton by KO. I think he’s the bigger man with less miles on the clock, and the bigger puncher of the two. I rate Buglioni as the better boxer but don’t think he will be able to keep Burton off. A Gallagher fighter is one thing and that’s 'fit'. It’ll show in this bout."

Barry Jones (Boxnation pundit):

"I’m picking Burton on points, though it is his biggest test. I just think Frank leaves his chin a bit too high and Burton will be able to expose that. But you can never write off Buglioni as he can really whack and is as tough as they come. I think it will be a great fight to watch but the slightly better boxing skills of the champion will mean he retains his title.

Jon Pegg (trainer):

"Hosea Burton 4-6 round stoppage. Burton throws a nice straight right down the pipe and I think this is a shot Frank is open to."

Chris McKenna (Daily Star boxing journalist):

"These two have history together from the amateurs when Buglioni claimed a points win over Burton. However, now their careers are going in very different directions. Burton is the rising talent while Buglioni has probably reached his peak. I can only see a Burton win, probably by late stoppage."

Gary Lockett (trainer):

"I think it’s a close one. Frank has the experience having been in a world title fight previously, but Burton is on the way up and has decent power with the right cross. Burton could win early, but if Frank gets through the first 4-5 rounds he should win."

Matthew Macklin (manager/pundit):

"I fancy Burton. Buglioni can be hurt and Burton can punch. He’s also very tall and rangy, and has great sparring with the likes of Callum Smith and Callum Johnson. I feel Buglioni has stagnated a bit where as I feel Burton’s career is very much on the ascent."