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Fabio Wardley beats David Adeleye to retain British heavyweight title

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TKO gave Fabio Wardley victory against David Adeleye in Saudi Arabia.

With the Fabio Wardley retained his British heavyweight title.

Wardley landed a clean left hook to put Adeleye down in round seven.

Adeleye beat the count but Wardley ended the contest moments later as he put the pressure on.

“I have boxing IQ. I know how to lead someone on and that’s what I did,” Wardley said.

“It’s the difference in experience. I knew what to do as the rounds went on, I was on form and it’s probably the best I’ve felt.

“Everyone tags this white collar name on me but I’ve shed that name now.”

It is the first time a British title has been contested overseas.

London’s Adeleye, happy to fight off the back foot, enjoyed the better of the early exchanges and found success on a couple of occasions with a well-timed left hook.

But Ipswich-born Wardley took control from round three as he worked behind the jab and then started to unload with combinations to body and head.

It became a great back-and-forth bout with Wardley showing control and Adeleye, who lost for the first time in his career, launching wild attacks.

The fight served as the co-main event on Tyson Fury-Francis Ngannou undercard. It made up part of one of the headline shows in Saudi Arabia’s ‘Riyadh Season’.


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