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Gary Buckland on title trail after win over Sam Rukundo

Buckland stays on the title trail with a unanimous points decision to inflict a first defeat on the tough Ugandan
Gary Buckland has just one loss, on points, in his 19-fight, five-year career

Newport prospect Gary Buckland remains on course for glory after inflicting a first defeat on Sam Rukundo.

Rukundo twice failed to make weight for the Commonwealth lightweight title decider at Stoke's Fenton Manor.

But after finally beating the scales the tough Swedish-based Ugandan took the 23-year-old Welshman all the way.

Buckland dropped his man in the first. The Ugandan fought back cagily to make it a gruelling and exciting fight, but he dropped a unanimous verdict.

The Welshman, who has just one loss, on points, in his 19-fight, five-year career was scored a 117-111, 117-111, 116-112 victor.

606: DEBATE

"[Rukundo] wasn't warmed up in the first, but he was the first southpaw I've faced," said Buckland.

"That was awkward and I had to adjust my style.

"I'll fight [Commonwealth champion] Lee McAllister wherever the purse bids go, if it's in Aberdeen or in my hometown, Newport."



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