Three Potential Next Opponents for Fabio Wardley
On Saturday, October 28, Fabio Wardley (17-0, 16 KOs) delivered an impressive performance to defeat grudge rival David Adeleye (12-1, 11 KOs) in the seventh round via TKO. His victory saw him win the WBO European and vacant Commonwealth heavyweight titles while retaining his British heavyweight title. The two British rivals clashed on the undercard of Tyson Fury vs. Francis Ngannou at the Boulevard Hall, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, which saw Fury barely get by Ngannou.
Wardley quickly turned the screw after a cagey opening few rounds and established a dominant jab which forced his opponent onto the back foot. The London-born boxer seemed to begin to feel his opponents power, and in round seven, he landed a beautifully timed left hook, which put Adeleye down. He beat the count, but the Ipswich native smelt blood and pounced, landing some heavy shots before the referee waved the contest off, awarding Wardley the win. Big Fight Weekend have decided to look at three potential next opponents for the Ipswich-born fighter.
Three Potential Opponents for Fabio Wardley
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Wardley fighting Frazer Clarke (8-0, 6 KOs) is a fight that’s been spoken about for months, with The British Boxing Board of Control ordering Wardley to make a mandatory defence against Clarke in May 2023. The purse bids were due to take place but were cancelled at the last minute after Clarke’s promoter, Boxxer, decided to remove their fighter from the negotiations.
Wardley will look to establish his jab like he did against Adeleye and control the tempo. Clarke will look to close the distance and work the Ipswich fighter’s body. If the fight happens next, it’s difficult to look beyond Wardley being victorious.
German heavyweight Tom Schwarz (28-1, 19 KOs) would be a challenging fight for Wardley as he has only tasted defeat once, against Fury, who won the contest via TKO in the second round. Since losing to “The Gypsy King,” Schwarz has won his last four fights, with his most recent win being a unanimous decision victory against Kostiantyn Dovbyshchenko.
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The German fighter is a tricky opponent to face, as he has punch power to trouble many heavyweights, but he’s difficult to pin down and makes fights scrappy and challenging for his opponents. He is adept at throwing a solid jab before following through quickly with a power punch. Wardley will need to be diligent should he face Schwarz, establishing the jab and controlling the distance.
Daniel Dubois (19-2, 18 KOs) would be a fascinating opponent for Wardley, but would Frank Warren risk him against Wardley next – after the defeat against Oleksandr Usyk? Back-to-back losses would be disastrous for the Greenwich-born fighter, and Wardley would surely relish the challenge of taking on Dubois.
Dubois has struggled when fighters pressure him, as proven against Joe Joyce and Usyk when the Ukrainian stepped up the pressure. “Dynamite” possesses the power to trouble Wardley, and he has proven he can end a fight in a split second. The Ipswich fighter has proven he has the IQ to figure out opponents quickly, and this potential fight would surely provide plenty of fireworks.