Former British champion Hosea Burton has sent uncompromising messages to his domestic light-heavyweight rivals.
‘The Hammer’ (23-1-KO11) has long been linked to a rematch with Frank Buglioni but having signed for MTK Global, the Lancastrian is targeting titles rather than revenge as he sets about establishing himself as one of the world’s leading 175lb fighters.
Having followed up a vicious 36-second knockout win over Saido Saull in October by outclassing Artus Kulikauskis is Manchester, Burton is brimming with ambition.
Burton said: “I’m going to leave the plan up to the team and let them deliver big fights. If I keep doing what I’m doing, winning every round and knocking people out, they’ll come.
“Frank Buglioni has nothing I want. I beat him 11 of 12 rounds. If there’s something to fight for then yes, no problem but he needs me to get back on the ladder again after he got chinned in one round.
“Do I need Buglioni? No. Do I want it? I’d take it in a second. I need someobody with a world title but I’d love to punch Anthony Yarde’s face in.
“These fights against durable opponents like Arturs Kulikauskis will stand me in good stead as I climb back up the ladder quickly.”
Burton claimed the British title in 2016 with an impressive sixth-round stoppage of Miles Shinkwin in Manchester.
Liam Williams welcomes change of scenery with Ingle
Welsh light-middleweight Liam Williams is already feeling the benefits of travelling to Sheffield to train with Dominic Ingle.
The former British, European and Commonwealth king made the move from former trainer Gary Lockett last month and after several weeks in his new environment, has reflected on the decision.
Williams (17-2-1-KO12) said: “It’s good for me. There’s a lot of temptation in Wales. It’s not so much about drinking but in terms of going out with my mates and eating.
“When you do things like that and eat poorly when you’re in camp, it makes things so much more difficult. I hadn’t been enjoying boxing like I should be when I was in the gym either.
“I feel revitalised now with all these new faces, new routines and workouts. It’s good to change things up and it’s given me a new lease of life.
“Everyone at Ingle’s has been really welcoming. I’m friendly with all the boys already and they’ve been great to me.
“I still don’t have a place of my own and it gets lonely sometimes when I’m sat in the hotel. I miss my girlfriend and my daughter obviously but they support my decision and it’ll all pay off in the end I’m sure.
“I feel a lot better on the pads already. I’m mixing things up working with Dom and I can’t wait to spar to test out the improvements.”
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World Honours Await BCB Veteran Shergold
BCB’s Kirstine Shergold challenges for world honours this weekend when she takes on GBU and WIBF Super Featherweight World Champion, Kallia Kourouni.
The 37 year-old from Devon (5-6) returned to action with a point win in April after a six year absence.
She takes on Greece-born Kourouni (9-1) who is dubbed the Pink Tyson. Kourouni returns to the ring with a new team as the co-feature on Siesta Boxing Promotions’ ‘Battle at Bracknell’ on Sunday, 8th July at Leisure Centre in Bracknell.
“It’s a big opportunity for Shergold,” BCB’s Head of Boxing, Errol Johnson said. “She looked good in her ring return and still has plenty left in the tank. I think she can cause an upset. We are confident.”
Shergold has gone the distance with WBC champions Delfine Persoon (Lightweight) and Eva Wahlstrom (Super Featherweight) and is coming off that April victory over UK prospect Bec Connolly.