ST JOSEPH’S star Gary Buckland says he’s happy to be the underdog as he takes on Richard Commey for the Commonwealth lightweight title tonight.
Buckland, who trains with Tony Borg at St Joes, may be coming off a loss to Newbridge’s Gavin Rees but he’s warmed the bookies that they’ve got it wrong ahead of tonight’s bout at London’s York Hall.
“I don’t mind being the underdog. It just means my family can win more money!” Buckland told BoxingWales.com.
“That doesn’t bother me because every time I’m the favoured one, I seem to come up with the wrong end of the stick. Every time I’m the underdog, I cause the upset. This suits me.
“They’re just looking at the numbers on his record and they’re most probably thinking of my last fight against Gavin Rees but they’re wrong.
“Gavin Rees is a different standard to this boy, he was world class but this boy is yet to be tested and that’s what I’m going to do… test him.”
Commey’s record is impressive with 17 wins, all by knockout or stoppage, and no defeats as a pro but has fought only 69 rounds compared to Buckland’s 212.
“The experience is on my side,” said Buckland. “I’ve just got to take him in to the later rounds and show him who is boss and who has the experience. He’s never been there but I have, so obviously it’s going to be in my favour.
“My boxing skills are underestimated, I shouldn’t be mixing it up with him and I won’t be rushing in to make mistakes like I have before.
“I’m going to take my time, 12 rounds is a long time in there and hopefully I can do the job I want to in that time.”
Buckland v Commey will headline Steve Goodwin’s ‘Azonto Time’ show at East London’s York Hall and it will be streamed live and free on BoxingWales.com tonight.