Fedor Chudinov Vs Frank Buglioni – Preview and Prediction

Frank Buglioni is presented with a massive opportunity to win a major title as he takes on tough Russian Fedor Chudinov for the WBA World super middle weight title previously held by Carl Froch.

Chudinov beat Felix Sturm on points in Germany to claim the title in an impressive display, Chudinov looks a strong, tough and solid competitor, he doesn’t do anything seemingly spectacular but has good accuracy, timing and plenty of punching power.

Against Sturm, Chudinov displayed plenty of toughness and a very solid chin as he seemed to walk through flush shots from the former 3 time world champion, who while somewhat faded is still a tough task. The ‘Man Vs Machine’ headline for this card may just have some truth in it.

Chudinov remains only 13 fights into his professional career after having an accomplished amateur career, completing 170 fights at amateur level, winning a national and world amateur title.

Frank Buglioni is a popular fighter in the Capital and has already amassed a large fan base, Buglioni too comes from a good solid amateur background, 70 fights with 60 wins. Buglioni stopped over 50% of his opponents as an amateur which is pretty impressive in the amateur ranks.

It could be said Buglioni is quite fortunate to get this shot having already been stopped by Sergey Khomitsky in 2014 and being held to a draw by Lee Markham earlier this year, it really is a great opportunity to propel himself into the super middleweight mix at world level.

While it is being dubbed as a world title, it really is more an interim belt as Andre Ward is the WBA’s true champion of the division, holding their ‘Super’ version of the title.

Buglioni is a very good offensive fighter, when he is coming forward and letting his hands go he can look class and his amateur and professional record tell you he is heavy handed with a real dig on him.

Buglioni’s weaknesses are really defensive ones, he can look heavy footed at times, lacks head movement and is often too open when coming out of the pocket, like Chudinov Buglioni is very hittable and I expect this to be a really entertaining fight.

I like Chudinov in this fight, I think this fight will come down to which man is the tougher, who can take the others best when it matters, for me on what I have seen of both fighters in their careers to date, that man will be Fedor Chudniov.

You can get around 4/9 on a Chudinov TKO/KO that is too short for me, I am going to play the under 9 rounds at 10/11 at Sky Bet, it does mean we could lose if the fight goes into the championship rounds but on a plus we are still covered on Buglioni rounds 1-9.

I am expecting a stoppage in this fight, plenty of leather should be landed.

PREDICTION: CHUDINOV TKO7 

BETTING TIP: £25 on Under 9 rounds 10/11 Sky Bet