Sergey Khomitsky (29-10-2, 11 KOs) said before his bout with Frank Buglioni (12-1, 9 KOs) that the popular youngster was easy to hit. Khomitsky proved his point emphatically by stopping Buglioni in round six at the Copper Box Arena in London, England.
Buglioni, 24, boxed smartly in the opening stanza against the much more experienced Khomitsky. His long jab connected consistently. Khomitsky moved forward, but didn’t throw many punches.
Khomitsky, 39, connected with a right hand in the opening seconds of round two. A left hook also found Buglioni. The longer Buglioni did better in the last minute of the round.
In round three, Khomitsky landed a combination that stung Buglioni. The Russian strongman went to the body as well. Buglioni countered with a right, but the round clearly belonged to Khomitsky. The Ukrainian tough guy was finding holes in Buglioni’s leaky defense.
Buglioni landed a crunching right hand in round four. Khomitsky took the punch well.
In round five, Buglioni kept pumping out his jab. Khomitsky walked through the punch and caught Buglioni with a big right hook. The impact knocked Buglioni back a step. A left hook also landed.
Khomitsky teed off against Buglioni in round six. A huge left hook hurt Buglioni. His legs looked shaky. A right hand knocked him into the ropes. Another left hook staggered Buglioni. The referee attempted to give Buglioni a standing eight count, but his trainer informed him that the fight was over.
The time was 1:04 of round six.
With the win, Khomitsky captured WBO European super middleweight title. The loss was a crushing one for Buglioni, who knew he was taking a risk by facing the dangerous Khomitsky.