Article By Jason West

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Frank Buglioni made the first defence of his British light-heavyweight title by outpointing Ricky Summers in an entertaining main event at London's O2 Arena.


The fight started with a fairly even first round, both fighters having success, the champion landing a heavy right hand that was quickly replied to by the game challenger.

The contest quickly went up a notch in the second as Summers proved he was definitely at home on the big stage. Despite a positive few minutes though, Buglioni made the stronger finish to the round, landing a crisp body shot that clearly hurt an anguished Summers.

In the third, the tide started to turn even further and it turned in favour of the home favourite as a huge right hand staggered Summers on the ropes. Buglioni continued to apply relentless pressure, but the challenger valiantly survived to hear the bell. The big right hand from Buglioni continued to wreak havoc, but Summers regained a foothold, assaulting Buglioni on the ropes as they traded leather.


The two fighters embrace after 12 rounds of action
The two fighters embrace after 12 rounds of action
Frank Buglioni has his arm raised after a cracking domestic clash
Frank Buglioni has his arm raised after a cracking domestic clash

The challenger was giving it his all and soon began to get on top as the fight reached its second half, defiantly landing a succession of shots. As is often the case with 'Wise Guy' he was being drawn into a gruelling battle by Summers and both men were taking a shot to give one, each light-heavyweight landing punishing blows.

But the champion has showed time and time again that he has a warrior's mentality and in the 11th, Buglioni found an explosive combination off the ropes that stiffened Summers. The home fighter seemed to be the fitter of the two and although Summers fought on gamely to hear the final bell, it was Buglioni who had his arm raised.

Speaking to Sky Sports after the fight, Buglioni said: "It was very tough and credit to Ricky, he brought his A game. "It was a massive occasion, a lot of pressure, but I will excel from this and move on, come back stronger."