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‘It Really Is a Wildcard Contest’: Bad Blood Card Gets Bigger

‘It Really Is a Wildcard Contest’: Bad Blood Card Gets Bigger

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‘It Really Is a Wildcard Contest’: Bad Blood Card Gets Bigger


‘It Really Is a Wildcard Contest’: Bad Blood Card Gets Bigger

Fabio Wardley vs Frazer Clarke for the British and Commonwealth heavyweight titles will headline the Bad Blood bill on March 31 live on Sky Sports at the O2 arena in London. Alen Babic was recently confirmed to be appearing on the bill against Steve RobinsonAnother fight for this card in London has been confirmed with Viddal Riley (10-0, 6 KOs) set to take on Mikael Lawal (17-1, 11 KOs).

Riley vs. Lawal Added to Bad Blood Fight Card

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Bad Blood: Riley vs. Lawal

Riley will take a clear step up in opposition against Lawal, which will be his first fight since his shut-out points win over Nathan Quarless in September 2023, which gave him the English cruiserweight title.

Riley appears full of confidence ahead of the fight: “I look forward to the first notable name in my career being ticked off. I respect Lawal as a former British champion and as we know that’s a goal of mine so this is a perfect level check.”

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Lawal will be eager to get back to winning ways after losing his British cruiserweight title to Isaac Chamberlain by a unanimous decision, with the judges scoring the bout 118-111 x2 and 119-111. 

He will present a physical challenge to Riley, with his punching power posing a risk to his unbeaten opponent. He also has good reach, meaning his Hackney-born opponent will need to close the distance effectively and work on the inside. Riley has a great ring IQ, picks his punches exceptionally well, and throws fast, accurate combinations. He punches with variation, which will cause Lawal problems, who can be one-paced and slow to react at times.

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BOXXER CEO Ben Shalom spoke on the fight: “It really is a wildcard contest. I’m expecting an all-action fight between the two Londoners on Sunday, March 31 at the O2.”

Rest of the Card

Florian Marku and Chris Kongo will look to settle their rivalry in a welterweight clash on a stacked undercard that will also star viral sensation and 2020 Olympic silver medallist, Ben Whittaker. The Babic vs. Robinson clash also looks set to be entertaining while it lasts.

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