Anyone know Fabio Wardley?

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Anyone seen much of him or know much? All I could find on YT was some white collar fight from nearly 3 years ago and the KO ending to his 3rd pro bout which was last year. He is big, seems quite fast and has a lot of upper-body movement, but looks a bit wild too. For a youngish fighter (24) he is not fighting anywhere near enough, his fight on the Whyte-Chisora undercard will only be his second this year, which is fucking abject for a young "prospect". Apparently he has signed with Whyte...which I didn't even know Whyte was doing, and he sparred with Usyk for Usyk's prep for Bellew.

Here are the clips, his Boxrec and the article about Whyte and Usyk, any more info or thoughts would be appreciated.

http://boxrec.com/en/boxer/785893

https://www.skysports.com/boxing/ne...-career-of-heavyweight-prospect-fabio-wardley




@beadybea one for you to add to your list if he's not already on it.
 
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Yes he trains at my gym. Same coach as me, Rob Hodgins. He has been really unlucky so far with I think it's 4 shows that his opponent has pulled out on, twice on the day of the fight. He sparred a lot with Sexton, he has also sparred Fury, Chisora, Whyte and Usyk among others. He has very little experience prior to the pros. He hits hard and moves like a middleweight.

Edit: Rob has been around boxing for years and years but this is his first pro fighter. He's a decent coach and well respected in our local area, Suffolk isn't exactly known for it's boxing though.

Fabio works real hard in the gym and doesn't cut corners.
 
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Just been told he is the first fight on tomorrow scheduled for 17:05. It will be live on sky sports facebook, not televised. Perhaps it might be shown later if the card has a few early KO'S.
 
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Yes he trains at my gym. Same coach as me, Rob Hodgins. He has been really unlucky so far with I think it's 4 shows that his opponent has pulled out on, twice on the day of the fight. He sparred a lot with Sexton, he has also sparred Fury, Chisora, Whyte and Usyk among others. He has very little experience prior to the pros. He hits hard and moves like a middleweight.

Edit: Rob has been around boxing for years and years but this is his first pro fighter. He's a decent coach and well respected in our local area, Suffolk isn't exactly known for it's boxing though.

Fabio works real hard in the gym and doesn't cut corners.
Sweet, thanks mate, this was exactly the sort of info I was hoping for. I will be following him for sure, looks promising although a little raw (as to be expected). I will check out that link you posted too. :cheers
 
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Anyone seen much of him or know much? All I could find on YT was some white collar fight from nearly 3 years ago and the KO ending to his 3rd pro bout which was last year. He is big, seems quite fast and has a lot of upper-body movement, but looks a bit wild too. For a youngish fighter (24) he is not fighting anywhere near enough, his fight on the Whyte-Chisora undercard will only be his second this year, which is fucking abject for a young "prospect". Apparently he has signed with Whyte...which I didn't even know Whyte was doing, and he sparred with Usyk for Usyk's prep for Bellew.

Here are the clips, his Boxrec and the article about Whyte and Usyk, any more info or thoughts would be appreciated.

http://boxrec.com/en/boxer/785893

https://www.skysports.com/boxing/ne...-career-of-heavyweight-prospect-fabio-wardley




@beadybea one for you to add to your list if he's not already on it.
Somebody on here trains with him if you search the forum you should find sone info - I'm yet to see him in action so hopefully he'll grt some screen time tomorrow.

Edit - @joe297 is already on top of this!
 
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Sweet, thanks mate, this was exactly the sort of info I was hoping for. I will be following him for sure, looks promising although a little raw (as to be expected). I will check out that link you posted too. :cheers
He's just moved away from Mervyn Turner of Shamrock Promotions as he was getting too many pull outs and knew that in order to progress he needed to be fighting and unfortunately Shamrock were not able to provide opponents when it came down to it.
 
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He's just moved away from Mervyn Turner of Shamrock Promotions as he was getting too many pull outs and knew that in order to progress he needed to be fighting and unfortunately Shamrock were not able to provide opponents when it came down to it.
It's very hard for any fighter to keep focused let alone a fledgling pro when opponents are pulling out and you are not getting fights.it's disheartening and frustrating trying to build up some career momentum.

The pullouts happen for various reasons and when an opponent often will find out who the prospect has been sparring with it often happens because frankly your gym mate will be fighting opponents that could probably get easier nights work for similar amounts of money.

It then comes down to the promoter willing to pay a bit extra some will and lower down the food chain many won't.
 
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I've been told Fab may be on the February 2nd card at the O2. Cheeseman vs Garcia, Okolie awaiting an opponent.

 
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Here is a little documentary that was made before his first pro fight.

He looks decent and as I said he works hard but it really is far too early to say how far he can go at this point. It's an exciting adventure and I'm glad to be an outside but close part of it.

Interesting watch that. He comes across very well and more like a Christian youth worker than a heavyweight prospect. Hadn’t heard much about him but he looks like one to follow. He’s quick but raw, wild and a little open but he had zero amateur fights and only 3 white collar so at least he has a reason. Hope he does well and it’ll be good to see him out again at the O2 if it happens.
 
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I've been told Fab may be on the February 2nd card at the O2. Cheeseman vs Garcia, Okolie awaiting an opponent.

Great news. Really interesting prospect to follow IMO. Shakiel Thompson is another without much am background that I am interested in.
 
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He is still very raw, but he looks more naturally gifted than Joyce, and he has more time to improve. I'd like to see him get in a high level trainer to help him work on defence and help tighten up his technique.

But the British heavyweight scene is at an all time high. To think we have Fury and AJ at world level, then Whyte and Chisora just below, followed by Joyce, Hughie Fury, Gorman and Dubois...

And now Wardley too.

It's huge depth for a notoriously shallow division.
 
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He is still very raw, but he looks more naturally gifted than Joyce, and he has more time to improve. I'd like to see him get in a high level trainer to help him work on defence and help tighten up his technique.

But the British heavyweight scene is at an all time high. To think we have Fury and AJ at world level, then Whyte and Chisora just below, followed by Joyce, Hughie Fury, Gorman and Dubois...

And now Wardley too.

It's huge depth for a notoriously shallow division.
Agree with all that. Wardley is also a a lot more natural in front of the camera than Joyce and there is an assured self confidence about him. Being managed by Whyte will ensure doors are opened for him regarding training and match ups, etc.

Extract from an article late last year -

What Wardley definitely hasn’t struggled with, however, is sparring. The ex-Chantry High pupil has mixed it with the aforementioned DuBois, ex-British champ Sam Sexton, top tier heavies Dereck Chisora and Dillian Whyte and the lineal heavyweight king Tyson Fury.


He was also used as a sparring partner by Usyk before his Bellew fight. So what he lacks in AM experience he will hopefully make up with the quality sparring.
 
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Wardley's last fight...looked a bit sloppy in the short time he was in there, but picked the left hook and uppercut very nicely...

Time stamped to start just as the first round begins.

 
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Agree with all that. Wardley is also a a lot more natural in front of the camera than Joyce and there is an assured self confidence about him. Being managed by Whyte will ensure doors are opened for him regarding training and match ups, etc.

Extract from an article late last year -

What Wardley definitely hasn’t struggled with, however, is sparring. The ex-Chantry High pupil has mixed it with the aforementioned DuBois, ex-British champ Sam Sexton, top tier heavies Dereck Chisora and Dillian Whyte and the lineal heavyweight king Tyson Fury.


He was also used as a sparring partner by Usyk before his Bellew fight. So what he lacks in AM experience he will hopefully make up with the quality sparring.
Yeah his access to top sparring is hugely promising. It will be interesting to see how he develops now that he has a team who can get him fights and help build his profile. Obviously, you can never know how someone's chin holds up, whether their power will carry up etc...but he's an exciting prospect.
 
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Yeah his access to top sparring is hugely promising. It will be interesting to see how he develops now that he has a team who can get him fights and help build his profile. Obviously, you can never know how someone's chin holds up, whether their power will carry up etc...but he's an exciting prospect.
I just hope I haven't put the kiss of death on him like I did Adam Etches....:patsch
 
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