FRANK BUGLIONI is targeting former world champion Nathan Cleverly. After a breakthough win over Hosea Burton in Manchester last December, Buglioni wants to step up to the next level and fight the seasoned Welshman.
“Nathan Cleverly, I sparred him when he was getting ready for the [Sergey] Kovalev fight, so he was at his best then, I was a super-middle, maybe five or six fights in. We went toe to toe for eight rounds. I kind of thought what level am I at?” Buglioni told Boxing News. “He had a fantastic workrate but he never really troubled me. I never felt out of my depth. That was a long, long time ago. That was probably Nathan Cleverly at his best. I haven’t seen him at his best since then. He had a couple of up and down performances but I certainly think he’s on the slide. The timing would be perfect. I’ve got a lot of respect for Nathan Cleverly but we’re in a rough game, it’s a horrible business, so if I’ve got tread on him to get to where I need to be, then so be it.
“I’m very confident of beating Nathan Cleverly. I would say I would stop him. I’d say I’d knock him out.”