Couzens vows he won’t let title tilt pass him by

Sam Couzens.  Picture:Steve Reid
Sam Couzens. Picture:Steve Reid
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SAM COUZENS has vowed to seize the moment after being handed a televised title shot against Frank Buglioni.

And he warned the much-hyped Londoner he will turn the heat up on him, after Buglioni suffered a shock first defeat of his career last time out.

Couzens has promised to deliver incessant pressure and take advantage of any nagging doubts Buglioni has, after he was knocked out in six rounds by Belarusian Sergey Khomitsky in April.

The Titchfield terror knows the contest for the Southern Area super-middleweight title in July represents a step up for him.

Couzens, 28, is determined to take advantage of the opportunity, though, as he tops the bill at Bethnal Green’s York Hall on the BoxNation-televised bill.

The 11-12 man is not going to let the moment pass him by.

Couzens said: ‘I’m going to be on him from round one.

‘I will take his shots and break his heart.

‘This is a big chance for me, amazing. I’m not going in with the mindset I’m going to lose.

‘I want his name on my record and I want a prestigious belt like a Southern Area title.

‘People who don’t know boxing will write me off.

‘People can see I’ve got a 50-50 record.

‘I’m not worried about my record, though. I could sell tickets and fight easy opponents if I wanted to.

‘Look at the people I’ve boxed. I’ve fought the best out there at British and European level.

‘Frank Buglioni’s record speaks for itself. He’s powerful, too, and had nine knockouts from 12 wins.

‘He’s dropping down a level to fight me after his last loss.

‘But losing isn’t on my agenda and, if his head isn’t right, I’ll definitely seize on that.’

Couzens has some decent sparring lined up ahead of the meeting with Buglioni.

He will travel to Swindon to spar old foe Kelvin Young.

Couzens stopped Young in four rounds last year, before later losing a points decision for the title he fights for in July.

His brother, Danny, will also provide training opposition – and a trip to promoter Carl Greaves’ gym in Newark will then help with preparations.

Former British cruiserweight champion Shane McPhilbin is being lined up for sparring there.

Couzens believes that timetable will ensure he is in peak condition and ready for Buglioni.

His work will gear up next week as the process of getting down to the 12-stone, super-middleweight limit begins in earnest.

‘I’ve got a good diet plan lined up and that begins next week,’ said Couzens.

‘Then, in a couple of weeks, the sparring will begin properly.

‘I’ve got good sparring lined up.

‘I’m having a bit of time off work to go and spar Kelvin Young.

‘Then I’ve got my brother who is quite big and hits hard.

‘Going to Newark means there are a lot of good boxers I can spar with.

‘That will make sure I’m ready and then it is down to me.

‘I feel like I’ve earned this shot with all the travelling away I do.

‘I’m going to be top of the bill at the York Hall on a televised bill. It doesn’t get much better than that.

‘It’s an amazing chance. I’m getting goosebumps thinking about it.’