Fabio Wardley walks off after dropping Richard Lartey. Image By Dave Thompson
Seems to be just like the Tyson Fury-Francis Ngannou undercard is popping into an all-you-can-watch heavyweight buffet.
Unbeaten British heavyweight standouts Fabio Wardley and David Adeleye will meet in that occasion Saturday, Oct. 28 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The 12-round battle of rising stars will function the chief help contest to the showdown between Tyson Fury and Francis Ngannou.
Former WBO world champion Joseph Parker (32-3, 22 KOs), from Auckland, New Zealand, goes up towards Canada’s Simon Kean (23-1, 22 KOs), and Arslanbek Makhmudov (17-0, 16 KOs), additionally residing in Canada, takes on Croatian veteran Agron Smakici (19-2, 17 KOs). Each fights are scheduled for 10 rounds.
And, in a particular six-round particular attraction, 18-year-old heavyweight phenomenon Moses Itauma (5-0, 3 KOs) will face an opponent to be named.
Fury-Ngannou and the heavyweight undercard will likely be out there on pay-per-view in the US.
Wardley (16-0, 15 KOs) turned English champion in 2021 with a first-round stoppage of Nick Webb earlier than capturing British honors with a third-round TKO of Nathan Gorman final November. He’s coming off a fourth-round TKO over Michael Coffie in April.
Adeleye (12-0, 11 KOs), from London, defeated the beforehand unbeaten Dmytro Bezus at York Corridor in February and subsequently stopped Emir Ahmatovic in June.
The Adeleye-Wardley rivalry hit new heights on the Fury-Ngannou press convention in London earlier this month, because the fighters and their camps brawled on the pink carpet. The melee left Wardley with cuts above his left eye and beneath his chin.
“I’ve acquired a clear invoice of well being,” Wardley stated. “Nothing has modified. I’m nonetheless feeling sturdy, shifting laborious, and hitting new numbers.
“I don’t know the best way to quantify how my need to win by knockout has elevated after what occurred however, sure, considerably. Massively, as a result of I’m knowledgeable particular person and I wish to act like knowledgeable, however if you wish to go early, then that’s positive, and I’m able to go at any minute.
“When these conditions happen, all it does is gas the hearth extra. All you will have accomplished is made it worse for your self. You’ve made me prepare more durable, you’ve made me work for it extra, you’ve made me need it extra.”
Adeleye stated, “I’m actually wanting ahead to competing on the worldwide stage within the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. In all places I’m going, persons are speaking about this battle. I intend to placed on a present and show why I’m the most effective younger heavyweight on the market.”
Parker captured the WBO crown in 2016 with a factors conquer future champion Andy Ruiz Jr. in Auckland. He made two title defenses earlier than an unsuccessful unification battle towards Anthony Joshua in 2018. He scored a choice victory over Derek Chisora, repeating the win additionally seven months later.
Parker misplaced towards Joe Joyce final September, however he has loved a profitable 2023 with wins over Jack Massey and Faiga Opelu. Kean defeated former world champion Siarhei Liakhovich, after which Daniel Martz the next yr. He has gained eight straight by way of the quick route, most just lately notching a seventh-round stoppage over Eric Molina in March.
Parker stated, “I’m wanting ahead to being again in Saudi Arabia. It was nice the final time I used to be there to help one other fighter and boxing occasion. This time I’m going to deal with enterprise in my very own battle towards a troublesome problem in Simon Kean. It’s improbable to be on this card and to be a part of this main occasion. My preparations are on level. There’s not lengthy to go now.”
Kean stated, “That is the second all fighters dream of their entire profession. That is what I’ve been working for and asking for. It’s time to ship.”
Makhmudov turned the primary man to cease Jonnie Rice and went on to defeat the likes of Pavel Bitter, Erkan Teper and Mariusz Wach. Makhmudov had a triumphant United States debut in July, obliterating Raphael Akpejiori in two rounds. Smakici challenged for the vacant European title in his final battle, however he suffered a loss to the undefeated Agit Kabayel. The Croatian’s solely different setback got here towards then-unbeaten Zhan Kossobutskiy in 2019.
Makhmudov stated, “Saudi Arabia is a really particular place for me. It’s at all times been my purpose to battle there, so I’m grateful to have this chance. I’m wanting ahead to placing on an awesome present.”
A press launch by High Rank was used on this article.