Gary Buckland vs Paul Truscott British Super Featherweight Title Fight Preview

Slick boxing Truscott and big punching Buckland meet in a classic ''Matador v Bull'' encounter

Welsh powerhouse Gary Buckland make the first defence of his British super featherweight title when he takes on slick boxing Paul Truscott of Middlesbrough at the Ponds Forge Arena in Sheffield tonight. Buckland is ranked 3rd by the EBU and is looking to land a shot at champion Emanno Fegatilli next, which in turn could put him in the world's top-ten. Truscott, a former Commonwealth champion who's only losses have been on cuts has won five in a row and is looking to get back on top domestically.  

Buckland v Truscott will be shown live on Sky Sports 1, the action starts at 8 PM.

Gary Buckland (24-2, 8 KOs) first came to prominence among many UK fight fans with his gallant but losing effort against future world title challenger John Murray in a May 2010 fight for the British and European lightweight titles. Although Buckland went into the ring with a record of 18-1, he was in retrospect a little green to be facing a world ranked fighter of Murray's caliber. Buckland took a beating in the early rounds, only to grow in confidence and give Murray a tremendous challenge during the second half of the fight, though ultimately running out of gas and getting stopped in the 11th round. 

It was a devastating setback for the young Welshman, but he resurfaced six months later in the super featherweight edition of Prizefighter. Although an outside pick to win the event at the start, Buckland rumbled through the lineup like an unstoppable tank, edging Stevie Bell on points in the quarter finals, crushing unbeaten British champion Gary Sykes in 45 seconds in the semi's, then clubbing the vastly experienced Derry Mathews to a second round knockout in the final. 

While the Prizefighter win re-established Buckland as a force, so impressive were his knockouts that if anything it may have had a negative effect on future matchups. He was forced to mark time for almost a year waiting for his crack at the British title, staying active with a pair of wins over mediocre opposition. Last September he finally got his crack at Sykes for the British title, and although many including this writer believed it would be another early blitz for Buckland, the Welshman had to work hard for his win, edging it on a close but unanimous decision. 

Now Buckland makes the first defence of his crown against another fighter capable of giving him a long hard night. 

25 year Paul Truscott (18-2, 3 KOs) is a tall, rangy (5'9''), skillful boxer who pulled off a shock win over the tough Ghanaian Osumanu Akaba in May 2008 – a victory that netted him the vacant Commonwealth super featherweight title. It was only Truscott's eleventh fight after just two years as a pro, and he was  immediately earmarked for bigger things by the British boxing press. 

A superb boxer with a tight defense, classic left jab and stinging right cross, Truscott would be the first to admit that he is no KO puncher, and has only scored three stoppage wins in his career thus far. In January 2009 he lost his title to Scotland's John Simpson on a cut eye in an eight round thriller when ahead on points. The two met again eight months later, and once again Truscott suffered defeat because of cuts, this time over both eyes, the end coming in the tenth. 

Since then Truscott has bounced back with five straight wins, and ironically has stopped two of his last three opponents. Can he now complete the rebuilding process with an upset win over Gary Buckland for the British title? 

This should be an interesting fight, at least for a few rounds. Truscott is more than capable of getting on his bicycle, using his height and reach and out-boxing Buckland for the first half of the fight. However, the champion's relentless attack and thumping body shots will slow Truscott down by the middle rounds. Against Sykes, Buckland fought at a relentless pace and never ran out of steam, so I expect him to take control of this fight in the second half and finish like a train. Truscott could find himself cut again, but regardless I see Buckland getting through with enough heavy shots to end the fight in the tenth. 

Buckland by TKO in ten. 

Big Fight Odds: Gary Buckland 1/7, Paul Truscott 4/1  bet365
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