Paschal Collins has been having flashbacks this week.
Just days before his charge, Frank Buglioni, takes on Fedor Chudinov for the WBA super middleweight world title, he is reminded of a big fight he cornered just over 10 years ago.
The Celtic Warrior Gym boss manned the corner of Kevin McBride as he took on none other than heavyweight legend Mike Tyson and won. Granted Tyson was no longer the ‘baddest man on the planet’ in his last ever fight, but Collins claims no one gave the Monaghan man-mountain a chance leading into the fight.
McBride still caused an upset and Collins has also been clear on the fact that he feels the achievement should be celebrated more than it is questioned.
As he prepares ‘Wise Guy’ Buglioni for his Wembley Arena World title fight, the younger brother to Steve Collins claims he has a McBride v Tyson feeling again, stressing that he has an underdog that is ready to bite and cause an upset.
“Someone sent me the link to the Mike Tyson and Kevin McBride fight last week. This really reminds me of that fight. It is the same scenario. No one is giving Frank a chance, the so call boxing experts say he is weak and won’t go the distance. Well I love proving people wrong and I have the same feeling I did going into that Tyson fight,” Collins told irish-boxing.com just before he departed for London.
“Frank’s chances are good. Chudinov is not a World beater. He beat a weak champion in Sturm, Sturm was shot and he got him at the right time.
“If that was the right time for Chudinov I think this is the right time for Frank. Training has gone great and it worked in our favour to have the cancellation. We got longer time in the gym – not to do physical stuff, but to work on specific things. I think Frank is a greatly underestimated fighter, his problem was that he over trained at times and his nutrition was too clean. That is amended now.
“This is a 50/50 fight, and if you were to ask me who was going to win I would pick Frank.
Buglioni may not be Irish, but qualifies as an honourary Irish fighter via his links with the Celtic Warrior Gym and Collins claims a win would have positives for the gym, Irish Boxing, Dublin and even Blanchardstown.
“If Frank wins it will be my first World champion and it will be good for the Celtic Warriors Gym, plus the fighters in the gym especially those who helped him prepare the likes of ‘Spike’ and Luke Keeler. It will also be good for Blanch’ and Dublin were Frank has spent a good part of the last year.”