SAM COUZENS has vowed to awaken Frank Buglioni’s mental demons tonight.
The Titchfield scrapper takes on the highly-touted Enfield man for the Southern Area super-middleweight title at the York Hall in Bethnal Green.
The clash will be televised live on BoxNation as Couzens attempts to spring a surprise in the capital.
And he is vowing to turn the heat up on his rival as they clash in the main event of the evening.
Buglioni is rebuilding his career after falling to a sixth-round stoppage against Belarussian Sergey Khomitsky in April.
Couzens thinks his opponent will still be suffering the psychological after-effects of that loss.
And that’s something he is promising to seize upon as he aims to set a fast pace when the first bell sounds tonight.
The 11-12 man knows the match-up can catapult him up the domestic rankings – and he’s determined to take the opportunity.
Couzens said: ‘I can’t wait to get in there and put it on him.
‘When he’s standing there in the corner I think he’ll still have those demons in his head, after being stopped.
‘I’d be foolish not to jump straight on him and capitalise on it.
‘I’m going to start where his last opponent finished.
‘The game plan is to keep it simple because sometimes I do get too carried away.
‘I think he is going to try to blast me out of there early.
‘It’s going to be the wrong thing to do.
‘If he wants to try to blast me out it will play into my hands.
‘I can do the 10 rounds quite comfortably but I’m not sure he can.
‘He hasn’t been that distance. It’s questionable whether he can do it.
‘If he is going to try to get an early finish he’ll pay for it.
‘If he is wary I think I will be able to push him back. Either way he goes about it will suit me.
‘I’m very confident going into this.
‘Everyone is going to be watching and I don’t want to lose on the big stage.
‘It’s on BoxNation and I’m going into the lion’s den but I’m looking forward to it.’
Couzens has enjoyed a strong build-up for the contest and a focused training camp.
With his employers allowing him time off work, the 28-year-old has been able to train three times a day.
That has been a gruelling regime but he feels he has benefited from that schedule.
Former British Masters and Southern Area middleweight champ Steve Ede has been providing sparring for Couzens.
And he also travelled to Essex to spar with Joel McIntyre’s conqueror Miles Shinkwin.
He has been pleased with the way he has been able to gear up for battle. And the super-middleweight is confident he will be at his best for tonight’s match-up in the capital.
Couzens said; ‘I’ve been able to train three times a day thanks to my work, BE Insulated, helping me out.
‘That’s been a big help.
‘I’ve been doing my hill runs in the New Forest then getting back in the gym in the afternoon and evening.
‘I’ve been able to focus on the fight.
‘The sparring has been quality with Steve Ede, who has been helping me, and I’ve sparred with Miles Shinkwin.
‘I’m ready to go.’