Gary Buckland eyes world title shot after Argentine adventure
12:00pm Tuesday 5th March 2013 in Sport
NEWPORT’S Gary Buckland will put himself on the verge of a world title shot if he can beat Fernando David Saucedo in Argentina next month.
The British super-featherweight champion, who trains with Tony Borg at his St Joseph’s gym, will be on the undercard of Martin Murray’s fight with Sergio Martinez in Argentina on April 27.
The 26-year-old had originally wanted to make another defence of his British title but feels this is too big a chance to turn down.
“I’ve got two notches on my belt to win the British title outright and I only need one more, but this is a shortcut to a world title,” he said.
“I’ve watched Saucedo on DVD and he’s a good fighter so I know I won’t be in for an easy night over there.
“He boxed Chris John for a world title and he showed he’s a tough boxer with a good guard who likes to open up in his own time, but I think with my aggression I can go there and do a job on him.”
Facing an Argentine boxer on his home turf would normally be a daunting prospect for a travelling Brit.
Buckland’s manager, Brian Powell, however, believes it’s simply par for the course for his man.
“Gary’s attitude is he’s just going into a boxing ring,” Powell explained.
“He’s boxed in Spain and he’s boxed in Mexico so he knows the situation and how to train accordingly.
“Even in the UK he’s had to box away from Wales most of the time, going up to Sheffield and Manchester, so this won’t worry him.
“We know it’s not going to be easy out there because the guy is quality and he’s boxed for a world title already, but I honestly believe Gary will be too strong for him.
“The door to a world title is slightly open for Gary and now he’s got to kick it open.
“This is Gary Buckland’s time. This is perfect for him for him to show the world what he's all about.”