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British heavyweight champion Fabio Wardley has now been ordered to defend his title against the undefeated David Adeleye next.
The fight was ordered as part of the British Boxing Board of Control’s monthly circular for July and both teams have until 12pm on August 9th to agree a deal before a purse bid will be called.
Wardley, who is promoted by Eddie Hearn and Matchroom Boxing, was initially ordered to face Frazer Clarke before BOXXER withdrew him from the bid at the eleventh hour.
Clarke’s promoter Ben Shalom explained the decision being down to Clarke not having endured the ten-round distance as a pro at the time of the pull-out.
The 31-year-old has since defeated Mariusz Wach over ten rounds via unanimous decision.
Attention soon turned to Wardley’s next opponent, with Eddie Hearn naming both Adeleye and recently-crowned English champion Solomon Dacres, who is also promoted by Matchroom, as potential suitors.
Adeleye meanwhile is promoted by Frank Warren and Queensberry Promotions.
The 26 year old is undefeated in 12 fights, eleven of which have ended inside the distance, and recently forced Serbia’s Emir Ahmatovic to retire after five rounds at York Hall.
Adeleye called for the Wardley fight in the immediate aftermath, accusing him of being afraid to face him in the ring.
“Fabio and Eddie Hearn don’t wanna come see me. Frank Warren knows that, my coaches know that,” Adeleye said.
“They talk a good game, of course. I don’t mind going out there and having a dust-up. I was fighting before I was boxing, so it’s all I know.”
Wardley claimed the vacant British title with a third-round stoppage over Nathan Gorman in November.
The Ipswich heavyweight has since defeated America’s Michael Coffie in four rounds.