Gary Buckland aims to bounce back in key fight with Richard Commey

Gary ‘Dynamo’ Buckland (28-4, 9KO) may be the betting underdog for his Commonwealth title fight against the hard hitting Richard Commey (17-0, 17KO) but he’s warmed the bookies that they’ve got it wrong. The Cardiff lightweight is priced at 6/5 with odds provider Paddy Power, while Commey is priced at 8/13 but Buckland insists that it suits him. “I don’t mind being the underdog. It just means my family can win more money!” said Buckland, “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 (Split Decision loss) 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 has amassed a perfect fight record, all are wins and more remarkably, all of them have been knockouts or stoppages. In the Ghanaian’s last fight, he captured the African Boxing Union title and he was extended to the eighth round. It was only the 69th round of his career, whereas Buckland has boxed 212 rounds. Speaking of the contrast, Buckland said, “The experience is on my side, 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.” In Buckland’s last two fights, the 28-year-old has gone to the well and hell in all-Welsh wars with former world champion Gavin Rees, winning and losing one each, both by Split Decision. Despite the toll those types of fights would take on any fighter, Buckland had no intentions of easing his way back in to things. Buckland hasn’t fought at the iconic York Hall venue in Bethnal Green since a storming Prizefighter victory in 2010. Then, the Welshman was bouncing back from a defeat to John Murray for the British and European titles and he plans to bounce back from his defeat to Gavin Rees in similar fashion. He said, “Like I’ve always said, some people when they come off a defeat, they sort of have a dent in them but when it happens to me, it makes me more hungry and I want to get back to where I should be. “On the night (in the rematch with Rees), I thought I lost by a big margin as I was chasing and getting caught a lot but when I looked back on it, it was a close fight. It was still the right decision but it was closer than I thought. “I definitely thought I won the first fight, a lot of people say I didn’t but I thought I was faster and sharper. I deserved to win the first fight and he deserved to win the second fight. We’ll leave it at that, one all. “I just want to be in more great fights now. There’s a lot of venues that I don’t like but I’ve got to say, York Hall is one I love. It’s a great venue, shit changing rooms but what a place to go back to.” The second derby with Rees was made at 9st 11lbs (137lbs), two pounds above the lightweight limit. For Buckland, a former British super-featherweight (130lbs) champion, it was way above his natural fighting weight. He had planned to move back down in weight but the Commonwealth title was an opportunity he couldn’t pass on. He said, “That was the plan, to come back down to super-feather but a week later we were offered this fight. I couldn’t turn it down. It’s a belt; a title and the other titles are all tied up at super-feather. “I won an eliminator for the Commonwealth title a few years ago (2010), against Sam Rukundo and I never boxed for it. I’m glad to be boxing for it, it’s a nice title. “This fight, I’m looking to come in at nine stone eight pounds (134lbs – one lb inside the lightweight limit). The lighter I am, the sharper I’ll be and that’s my plan.” The two most recognisable names on Commey’s record are Scotland’s Kris Hughes and Middlesbrough’s Paul Truscott, a former victim of Buckland, but both are originally from the lower weight classes. Closing the conversation, Buckland concluded, “I’ve watched it on YouTube and Commey had it all his own way against Truscott… Truscott did well when he tried but when I boxed him, I beat him for the full 12 rounds. I thought Truscott was finished after that fight, so I’ve got a lot to take from it (the comparison) really. “He’s had his way with all these guys but they’ve been smaller. Kris Hughes was a decent boy but he’s a featherweight, Truscott was a super-featherweight. They’ve all been smaller boys, hopefully when I get in the ring with him, I’m a strong lightweight and I’ll be stronger than him.” 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, courtesy of a partnership with Boxing Evolution TV. Tickets are priced at £35, £60 and £100. To buy yours, visit www.GoodwinPromotions.co.uk or call 01525851150.

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