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The British Boxing Board of Control have confirmed that Fabio Wardley‘s British heavyweight title will now be on the line when he takes on David Adeleye in Saudi Arabia on October 28th.
Queensberry Promotions announced the news after it was confirmed that the event – topped by Tyson Fury‘s showdown with Francis Ngannou – will take place under the jurisdiction of the BBBofC.
Wardley and Adeleye face-off in the chief support on the card in Riyadh in what will be the former’s first defence of his title since claiming it with a second-round victory over Nathan Gorman eleven months ago.
“[It’s] fantastic, the best news. It’s what we wanted from the start,” Wardley told Queensberry.
“The Board asked for the fight and I accepted and the belt’s on the line now which adds that little bit more.”
The pair clashed at an announcement press conference in London last month which saw Wardley (16-0, 15KOs) suffer a minor cut to his left eye after an altercation with a member of Adeleye’s team.
The latter will now contest for his first major title as a professional after winning his last six bouts inside the distance.
Wealth of heavyweight action set for Jeddah in two weeks’ time
Fury faces former UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou over ten rounds in a main event being dubbed the ‘Battle of the Baddest’.
The Briton’s WBC title will not be on the line however as he faces the 37-year-old Ngannou who will be making his boxing debut.
Former WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker is also set to feature on the card against Canada’s Simon Kean, while Congo’s Martin Bakole faces France’s Carlos Takam.
Russia’s Arslanbek Makhmudov is set for his 18th pro outing against Agron Smakici, and British prospect Moses Itauma is also set to appear on the card. An opponent is yet to be confirmed.