By Elliot Foster (@FreelanceFoz)
Fedor Chudinov is still a world champion after picking up a one-sided unanimous decision in London.
The Russian super middleweight kept hold of the WBA crown with a beating of game challenger Frank Buglioni, live and exclusive on BoxNation (Sky channel 437/HD 490, Virgin channel 546 and TalkTalk channel 415).
Chudinov, who was making the first defence of his crown won in May, travelled to the capital –– to the SSE Arena, Wembley –– after a shock deal was made for Enfield’s former WBO European champion to challenge for one of the sport’s highest honours.
It was originally set to happen in July, but was postponed after Chudinov withdrew with a broken nose. But the rescheduled clash went 12 rounds, with Buglioni struggling in each and every one of them, but when the final bell went –– after the ‘Wise Guy’ had been deducted two points –– the scores were handed in and Chudinov won by an absolute landslide, picking up tallies of 120-106, 118-108 and 117-109.
Those scores didn’t reflect the bravery and gameness showed by Buglioni, 26, who now has two defeats on his record.
Now, it seems that the champion will have to defend his belt in a rematch against Felix Sturm, the man he dethroned to win the trinket, despite a deal being completed between Vlad Hrunov –– Chudinov’s promoter –– and WBA interim champion Vincent Feigenbutz’ mentors the Sauerlands for Chudinov to face the 20-year-old in his next outing.by