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Buglioni buzzing in Celtic Warrior Gym

After the disappointment of the postponement of the Matthew Macklin show on August 30 and the knock-on effect on boxers Gary O'Sullivan and Luke Keeler, there's some good news for the Celtic Warrior Gym.

As predicted in Ringside two weeks ago, former WBO European super middleweight champion Frank Buglioni has joined the gym, having switched from Mark Tibbs.

With just one loss in 13 fights, Buglioni is excited to have Steve Collins as his new coach. "He's a giant of the sport," he said recently. "There are similarities between me and Steve as fighters. He has the experience and knowledge to help me fulfil my goals."

Coach Paschal Collins is relishing the prospect of developing Buglioni's skills.

"He's super talented," he says. "There's a great buzz in the gym. He's a future champion."

The postponement of the Matthew Macklin show means that fight fans will have to wait a bit longer to see the clash between Gary O'Sullivan and Anthony Fitzgerald.

But there's another great Irish middleweight contest shaping up for the future. When Jason Quigley and Conrad Cummings met in the semi-final of the National Elite semi-finals last year, Quigley imposed himself in the last round and won 17-14. Cummings won the first and the second was drawn.

Now pro, both boxers are steadily progressing. Quigley, signed to Golden Boy Promotions, took just 82 seconds to stop Howard Reece in his debut in Las Vegas. Next week, he's on the undercard of the Kell Brook-Shawn Porter IBF world title fight in California.

Cummings (23), signed to Cyclone Promotions and has won his three pro bouts.

A Cummings-Quigley fight would be huge.


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