LAST December Don Charles found himself in the corner of not one but two of the best fights of the year, on the same night in Manchester. The trainer saw Frank Buglioni triumph in the final round over Hosea Burton only for Dereck Chisora to lose, in another thriller, to Dillian Whyte.
“Not for the faint hearted,” Charles reflected. “Going into that, taking two fighters to Manchester. Nobody goes into a fight thinking you’re going to lose, I believed we were going to win on both accounts with them.
“Frank went first, what an epic battle. We knew we had Hosea Burton’s number. We knew we’d pressure him and break him down and I knew eventually the pressure would take its toll [but] I didn’t think he was as good as what he was on the night, when I was doing my research on him. He showed more that night than I’d seen in his previous fights.”