Frank Buglioni promises to blow Sam Couzens out the water on Wednesday in his first fight since defeat by Sergey Khomitsky

Frank Buglioni (right) lands a shot on Sergey Khomitsky in his previous bout. Picture: Action Images

Frank Buglioni (right) lands a shot on Sergey Khomitsky in his previous bout. Picture: Action Images

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Frank Buglioni's first professional defeat 'flicked a switch' inside him and now a re-focused 'Wise Guy' says he will blow Sam Couzens 'out the water' on Wednesday evening.

The 24-year-old super-middleweight succumbed to the first loss of his professional career against Sergey Khomitsky at the Copper Box Arena in April but says the result has only served to make him hungrier for success.

"I've always wanted to do well but I feel that defeat has flicked a switch and made me realise how much I want to achieve my goals," explained Buglioni. "I'm going in there to hurt people now, rather than go to just go through the motions.

"I'm feeling good because of the last fight, I've made some positive changes; I've made the weight a lot more comfortably this time around. I'm re-focused and I've trained harder than ever," added Buglioni.

"Technically things are starting to come together slowly. He [Khomitsky] caught me with lots of good shots and it was the right decision to pull me out but I took them well. In future I'll be doing my best to block and evade punches."

Enfield-born Buglioni saw his bout with Khomitsky stopped in the sixth round and surrendered his WBO European super-middleweight title in the process - something he admits 'hurt'.

"Winning the belt put me on the map and obviously Khomitsky is now going on to fight a World title fight eliminator against Robert Stieglitz but it would have been too soon for me. We are now working for that three year mark, there's no rush [to fight for a world title] and there will be big improvements from me going forward.

"I've learned a hell of a lot from it and it's what has taken me to the next level," admitted Buglioni.

And the 'Wise Guy' is keen to re-enforce the point when he takes on Couzens (11-12-1) at York Hall: "We've taken everything into account and we've got even better sparring partners - unbeaten light heavyweights and some cruiserweights - who mimic Sam Couzens' style.

"We've trained like it's a world title fight and I'll go in there and blow him out the water," promised Buglioni.

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