STEVE Collins is set to return to the ring, not as a fighter but as trainer for London super middleweight Frank Buglioni.
The Irish boxing legend and former World champ, who beat Nigel Benn and Chris Eubanks, has taken over the reigns with brother Pascal after the ticket selling ‘Wise Guy’ split with trainer Jimmy Tibbs.
Buglioni, who had been sparring in the Celtic Warrior Gym last week, will split his time between London and Blanchardstown, where he will work with trainer Pascal Collins and along side the likes of Stephen Ormond, Gary O’Sullivan, Luke Keeler and Ian Tims.
‘When I met Frank I liked everything about him,’ Steve Collins told the Daily Mail.
‘He’s a hell of a fighter and has a great future. I believe he has the ability to go all the way and be a world champion.
‘He’s a very handsome young man who can fight. That’s a rare commodity. He’s got heart, a good chin and intelligence. If you have all those three, you can build a champion.’
‘I think Frank wanted a change of scenery. I think he wanted to change from a British style and was looking to go for the American scene.
‘So I said to him: “America’s a long way. Why don’t you go to Dublin and check out The Celtic Warriors camp, because Paschal is the main man over there. And he’s come through the American system, spent five or six years with the Petronellis, finished with Freddie Roach, so you might not need to go to America.”
‘So he went to Dublin and absolutely fell head over heels. Loved the set up over there. Loved the coach, loved the sparring, and knew straight away that was for him.
‘Myself, and my brother Paschal are two heads working together. This will bring more attention to the Celtic Warrior camp in Dublin.’