Gary Buckland: I want my British title back
FORMER British super-featherweight champion Gary Buckland has vowed to win back his title as soon as possible.
The 27-year-old, who trains at St Joseph’s gym with Tony Borg, was knocked out cold to lose his belt to Stephen Smith on the same Cardiff bill that saw Cefn Fforest’s Nathan Cleverly lose his world title last month.
That was a bad night for Gwent boxing but Buckland is following Cleverly’s example and aiming to put the devastating defeat behind him by regaining his title at the earliest opportunity.
“I’m feeling good,” he said after watching younger brother Mitchell win the Celtic lightweight title with a points victory over Craig Woodruff on Saturday night.
“I want to get back in the ring maybe in November, get a win and then hopefully challenge for the title again.
“I had a good holiday with my family and I want to get back in there straight away. I wish my next fight was a title fight but it will be soon enough.”
Looking back on his third professional defeat at the Motorpoint Arena five weeks on, Buckland is philosophical.
“I was in the fight, I was winning it I think, but I just walked straight onto it,” he said of Smith’s right uppercut that brought their contest to an abrupt end.
“It was silly really, my head just wasn’t on it, but it is one of those things and I’ll be back fitter and better than ever.”
Buckland was delighted to see his brother beat Alway fighter Woodruff on points to win the belt he held in 2007 and 2009.
“It was tough to watch because he’s my brother and I was wishing I could get in there with him but he did well,” he said.
“It was a good ten-rounder and a good win for Mitchell.
“Craig Woodruff is a good boy and it’s a great win for Mitchell to have on his record.
“He’ll learn from that because it was the toughest win of his career and he kept the belt in the family as well, which is nice.”
An upbeat Woodruff, who also lost to Mitchell Buckland last year, said: “I’m not disheartened. I thought it was a close fight and it could have gone either way.
“I gave it a go but he’s a good fighter and good luck to him.
“I’ll be back. I’ll get a few wins and be looking towards a British title fight. If he’s got it maybe we can have another go. It can be a trilogy!”
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