Frank Buglioni was becoming a box office hit, but the skills hadn't matched the pace of his rising stardom. That was proven today, as veteran Sergey Khomitsky outclassed Buglioni, stopping the 24-year-old super middleweight prospect in the sixth round.
Buglioni (12-1, 9 KO) started fairly well in the opening round, but it was pretty much downhill from there. With a defense that Khomitsky (29-10-2, 12 KO) found too easy to exploit, the Belarusian veteran hammered away at Buglioni, marking him up a bit and simply overpowering him. Buglioni was out of his depth in this one. There was work to do coming into this bout, and there's certainly a lot more coming out of it.
This is no career-ending setback for Buglioni or anything like that, unless he found out he doesn't want it or something of that nature, but it's definitely a "back to the drawing board" moment for him. He's popular and has always seemed a very likable, level-headed sort, so if he just gets back to work and takes this as a learning opportunity, then he could turn out just fine. But if this gets into his head, then sure, it could be an unraveling sort of night. Khomitsky did a number on him. It just wasn't close in there.
The one good thing for Buglioni, his team, and his supporters, is knowing that Khomitsky can fight. No, he's not a world-level fighter, and he's no star, but this is the sort of thing that Khomitsky can do. If he's underestimated or overlooked, or thought of as simply an "opponent," he can do some damage. He gave Martin Murray a legitimate test last time out, losing 77-75 over eight rounds. He retired Jamie Moore back in 2010.
We'll find out now how much Buglioni wants this, but don't count him out. He was beaten by a solid pro tonight, but there's a lot of future left.
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William Warburton PTS-4 Georgie Kean
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Bradley Skeete TKO-7 Tobia Giuseppe Loriga
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Lewis Pettitt TKO-5 Emerson Santos Carvalho
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Eddie Chambers TKO-1 Moses Matovu
Chambers (38-4, 20 KO) got rid of Matovu (50-40-4, 0 KO) in about 70 seconds. He's jumped from 36-4 and a two-fight losing streak to 38-4 and a two-fight winning streak in the span of two weeks.