Fabio Wardley: Another British Heavyweight Prospect
By Kailem Sims
Great Britain has very proudly produced a number of top heavyweight’s over the years, including 8 world heavyweight titleholders that include the likes of Frank Bruno, David Haye, and more recently Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua.
And in the long line of talented British heavyweights, there is someone new on the block who is taking the domestic scene by storm. Ipswich-born Fabio Wardley has proven to be one of the most exciting British prospects of the last few years, and his impressive ability along with thudding punch power has seen him take out 9 of the 10 opponents he’s faced inside the schedule distance.
Wardley, who is currently signed under a management deal with Dillian Whyte and a promotional deal with Matchroom, has been well looked after and has received a number of solid opportunities, previously boxing on the undercard of Whyte’s bouts against Derek Chisora and Oscar Rivas respectively.
His next outing lands on March 27th, again on the undercard of his manager, who takes on Alexander Povetkin in their huge rematch in Gibraltar. Wardley takes on former world title challenger Eric Molina, who we’ve seen on our screens previously when he faced Anthony Joshua for the IBF world heavyweight title in December 2016.
This will prove to be another good test for Wardley, having faced Simon Vallily and Richard Lartey in his most recent encounters. Wardley picked up the vacant English heavyweight title in his bout against Vallily, which at the time was his toughest test to date and a chance to show he has the qualities to make a real name for himself in the heavyweight division. He stopped Vallily in just 3 rounds.
Wardley will be looking to deal with Molina in similar devastating style, with the prospect of a British heavyweight title bout nearing in the near future. Joe Joyce is the reigning British champion, but with a fight against Oleksandr Usyk looking increasingly likely to happen this year, the coveted Lonsdale belt could soon become vacant with Wardley surely looking like a front-runner as a potential challenger if Joyce was to give up the belt.
Perhaps the most impressive trait of Fabio Wardley is the fact that he has absolutely no amateur background. The only prior experience he had in boxing was a number of white-collar bouts, which is a testament to how well he has done so far as a professional, despite the lack of amateur involvement.
The domestic heavyweight scene is in the best position it’s been for a very long time, with all four of the major world heavyweight titles shared between Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury.
Other fighters such as Dillian Whyte, Derek Chisora, Joe Joyce, Daniel Dubois and Hughie Fury make up the exciting roster of British heavyweights, all of which are in the exciting global heavyweight mix and pose a threat to those who end up sharing a ring with them. It’s without question that Wardley is on the right path to the top, arguably a few more solid wins away from being a serious contender.
His journey so far has been very intriguing, and his continued performances will surely land him at a potential shot at a world heavyweight title somewhere along the line. With his outstanding ability, partnered with his huge punch power and self-belief, he is well on the way to being a serious force in the heavyweight division.
Fabio’s next bout is part of a huge night of boxing on Sky Sports Box Office, which sees Chris Kongo clash with Michael McKinson in a mouth-watering domestic welterweight showdown. Former English super-featherweight title challenger Youssef Khoumari returns for the first time in a year against the durable Kane Baker. Campbell ‘Hurricane’ Hatton makes his highly anticipated debut after signing with Matchroom at the back end of 2020.
In the chief support, former European super-welterweight title challenger Ted Cheeseman faces the undefeated JJ Metcalf in an exciting bout for the vacant British super-welterweight title. And finally, the main event sees the huge rematch between Dillian Whyte and Alexander Povetkin, following Povetkin’s devastating 5th round KO in August of last year.
Photo Credit: Matchroom Boxing