Mitchell Buckland has a new trainer for this week’s title fight – his big brother.
The unbeaten Cardiff southpaw meets Ally Black for the vacant Celtic light-welterweight title on Warrior Promotions’ show at the Newport Centre on Saturday night (OCT 10).
He’s beaten Black before and with the help of big brother Gary, is convinced he will do it again.
Gary hung up his gloves following his points loss to Sean Dodd and the ex-British super-featherweight champion is going to concentrate on training fighters at the St Josephs gym.
Fighters there include Lee Selby, Craig Evans and a confident 22 year-old Gary knows better than anyone else.
“We’ve been close for years,” said Mitchell, “and nobody knows me better than Gary.
“He knows he won’t have to crack the whip. I always give 100 per-cent in every training camp.
“I’ve been around Gary and have learned all about the pro game, what to do and what not to do.”
The Bucklands are very different boxers.
Gary was an in-your-face, all-action pressure fighter, while Mitchell has boxed his way to nine straight wins.
The younger sibling describes himself as a “good classy boxer,” but says there’s more to him than that.
He said: “I can get my head on your chest for 10 rounds if I want to. I can box and I can have a fight. I can mess up my opponent’s heads ! I think Black will go to pieces.”
Buckland has beaten the Scot before, with a four-round stoppage win in July.
That was a six rounder and this weekend’s fight gives Buckland the chance to become a two-weight Celtic champion.
He’s previously held the belt at 9st 9lbs and said: “My body has grown. I feel strong and sharp at 10 stones.
“I want to win this belt and move on to bigger things.
“I’m up for fighting anyone if it’s a British-title eliminator or will take me closer to a British title shot.”
Enzo Maccarinelli, the ex-WBO cruiserweight champion, tops the bill at the Newport Centre on Saturday night and tickets are available from 07821-004684.