Enfield's WBO European super-middleweight Frank Buglioni says he is improving and growing in confidence

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Frank Buglioni says he is “growing as a professional fighter” after the Enfield boxer retained his WBO European super-middleweight title by stopping Italian Gaetano Nespro on Saturday.

‘Wise Guy’ Buglioni was not troubled by the Italian and stopped his opponent in the fifth round of their bout at the Copper Box Arena.

It was an impressive victory for the 24-year-old and he was pleased to have dispatched Nespro with little fuss.

“I think I am growing as a professional fighter,” he said. “I am getting more confident as a fighter and people are saying that I’m improving in every fight.”

He continued: “Everything went to plan on Saturday, we did all the hard work in the gym and I think that paid off in the fight. He is an experienced fighter who has gone the distance in a lot of his fights.

“We felt if I kept up the pressure then that would eventually pay off. If you are constantly trying to run away it is only a matter of time until you tire and I was waiting to take advantage.”

Nespro was on the back foot throughout the bout. He tried to counter but missed with the majority of his punches.

Buglioni was in control and, in the fourth round, Nespro, 34, was floored with a strong right hand from the Enfield fighter.

He managed to return to his feet but was again rocked at the start of the fifth. Nespro looked to escape near the ropes but a powerful left hook from Buglioni put the Italian down for a seven count.

Nespro again managed to pull himself up but a strong right knocked him down for a third time and the referee decided to wave off the fight.

Buglioni was supported by a strong crowd at the Copper Box and praised the fans for creating a “great atmosphere”.

He added: “The crowd were fantastic. I was on the card just under the Fury and Chisora fights and the fans were brilliant.

“There were a group of 500 to 600 fans who were there for me and I really appreciated their support.”

Buglioni will take this week off before returning to the TRAD TKO Boxing Gym and preparing for his next fight.

He is scheduled to return to the ring on April 12 at the Copper Box and said it would be “fantastic” to be on the undercard of the proposed fight between Dereck Chisora and Tyson Fury in the summer.

He added: “My main aim for this year is to improve every time I go into the ring. I am having very good sparring sessions behind closed doors and getting more experience day in day out which only helps me improve.”

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