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Devastating Buglioni primed for London ABA title bid

PUBLISHED: 18:15 01 April 2009 | UPDATED: 14:15 05 October 2010

Repton ace Frank Buglioni continues to blaze an impressive trail through the ABA championships

By LEN WHALEY

Frank Buglioni continues to blaze an impressive trail through the ABA championships after the Repton ace delivered a devastating first-round win over Dale Youth's Louis Read in the London semi-finals at York Hall.

Buglioni, who scored two quick-time successes to win the North East London title a week earlier, followed up with a lightning win over North West champion Reid on Thursday night.

He will now fight for the middleweight title in Sunday's London finals, which were originally due to be contested on the same night at York Hall, but were subsequently delayed by ABA chiefs to allow the finalists an extra 10 days to recover.

Buglioni will enter the final as a strong favourite against Earlsfield opponent Kirk Garvey after blasting his way through his semi-final clash inside 80 seconds.

The Repton fighter, who has shown career-best form this season, underlined his pace and power with a blistering opening barrage, which included a fierce left hook that rocked his rival against the ropes.

Reid gamely tried to fire back with his own big shots but merely walked into more trouble as another Buglioni onslaught opened a nasty cut above the Dale Youth fighter's left eye, prompting the referee to end the encounter and send Buglioni into the final.

Repton's Michael McCarthy also progressed through the semi-finals to complete a quarter of title hopefuls from the Bethnal Green club, following walkover wins for England duo Oscar Webb and Martin Ward.

McCarthy, who won national title honours during his days as a junior at Dagenham BC, looked a winner all the way against Haringey's Mark McKray.

The Haringey boxer proved unable to match McCarthy's speed and a battery of blows forced the referee to issue a standing count during the second round as the Repton boxer recorded a clear points win and advanced to a London final with Nemesis BC entry Luke Gibb.

There was one setback for Repton in the semi-finals when light welterweight Luke Turner dropped a points verdict against Earlsfield rival Bradley Skeete, who made the most of his height advantage to clinch a unanimous decision.

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