The British Boxing Board of Control (BBBoC) have ordered British heavyweight champion Fabio Wardley to defend his title against Frazer Clarke as part of their monthly championship circular.

The BBBoC say a purse bid has been ordered for the fight which is set to take place at 12pm on Wednesday 10th May.

Both men have exchanged verbals via social media in recent weeks as momentum builds to an intriguing domestic showdown between the pair.

Ipswich’s Wardley tore through Nathan Gorman inside three rounds to claim the vacant belt in November before defeating American Michael Coffie at the start of the month.

Promoter Eddie Hearn named English champion Solomon Dacres, who is also promoted by Hearn and Matchroom, David Adeleye and Clarke as potential opponents for Wardley’s next fight.

Wardley and Clarke reacted to the BBBoC circular on Twitter earlier today.

Clarke meanwhile has won all five of his pro contests since entering the paid ranks in February last year.

The Burton-upon-Trent fighter, who secured bronze at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, has bagged four wins inside the distance during that time but has been criticised for the level of opponents he has faced in the opening 14 months of his pro career.

The 31-year-old most recently forced Bogdan Dinu to retire after two rounds in Manchester and has long spoken of his desire to land the big names at heavyweight, both domestically and abroad.

Romania’s Dinu retired after two rounds against Clarke at the end of March. Photo by Lawrence Lustig/BOXXER.

Both fighters reacted the BBBoC circular on Thursday with Wardley simply tweeting: “Let’s get it on!”.

Clarke responded moments later, writing: “Yes sir, both wanted it and now it’s happening no bs let’s settle this in the ring.”

The BBBoC also ordered a rematch between Ijaz Ahmed and Marcel Braithwaite for the vacant super-flyweight title following the pair’s split-decision draw in March.

Nathaniel Collins has also been ordered to face Raza Hamza for the vacant belt at featherweight.

Featured image: Mark Robinson/Matchroom Boxing.

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