WBA “regular” super middleweight champion Fedor “The Machine” Chudinov (14-0, 10 KOs) methodically broke down his bigger opponent Frank Buglioni (17-2-1, 13 KOs) in pounding out a 12 round unanimous decision in one of his better performances of his career. Chudinov showed high accuracy and a high work rate in punishing the 6’1” Buglioni with short punches on the inside.
Chudinov didn’t look like the most powerful of fighters, but he definitely was able to generate good power in close. The sheer volume of punches that Chudinov threw made up for what he lacked in the way of punching power.
Buglioni sabotaged his own efforts by knocking Chudinov down with a right hand after the bell. It was such a flagrant foul that referee Terry O’Connor elected to take two points away from Buglioni rather than just one for the after the bell punch. It didn’t matter though because Buglioni was near helpless to do much of anything in the fight other than throw flurries late in the rounds to try and steal them.
I’m not sure if that’s what the idea was. I think it was more of a case of Buglioni knowing that he’d get a chance to sit down and rest after 20 seconds, so he’d put out effort right before the rounds ended and he’d then go and sit down so that he could rest. In the later rounds, however, Buglioni didn’t have the energy to throw his flurries.
“I had a fantastic opportunity for the world title and I gave it my best. I stuck it with one of the world’s top super-middleweights, but on the night he was the better man,” said Buglioni. “I’ll be back from this, it’s still early and raw, but I’ll go back to the drawing board and start again.”
Chudinov stayed close to Buglioni entire fight, moving when he moved, stopping when he stopped. He was able to nail Buglioni big shots each time he stopped to either rest or stand his ground. Buglioni fired back with his own hard shots much of the time, but he had a hard time trying to penetrate Chudinov’s defenses.
The only time that Buglioni had success was late in the 6th and 8th rounds. By the 9th round, Buglioni was too tired to fight back and he was just taking the shots from Chudinov and moving as much as his tired body would allow him to.
The loss for Buglioni takes him backwards to a point where he’ll need to rebuild against the lower level fighters that he built most of his career on.