JOE GALLAGHER has countered comments made by Frank Warren last week. The promoter had suggested that British Boxing Board of Control had ordered Frank Buglioni to defend the British light-heavyweight title against Callum Johnson and for Anthony Yarde to box an eliminator with former champion Hosea Burton to convenience Gallagher, who trains both Johnson and Burton.
“Callum Johnson, Commonwealth Games gold medallist, Commonwealth champion, he served his time. You’ve got Frank Buglioni, British champion,” Gallagher told Boxing News. “It’s a trade fight with Commonwealth and British titles on the line. You’ve got Hosea Burton, who was the British champion, former ABA champion, England [rep]. He lost in one of the fights of the year. Boxing News rated it the second best British fight of the year behind Dillian Whyte-[Dereck] Chisora and it was well acknowledged and still is that Hosea Burton was winning that fight, had the fight won with a minute to go.
“Hosea Burton put in a great performance and showed everyone on that night that he can fight. I think it was just inexperience on the night. He caught him with a shot and went in for the kill and got caught with a shot.