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Wardley Retains Belts Following Draw
Sunday, 31st Mar 2024 23:41

Ipswich-born, Town-supporting Fabio Wardley retained his British and Commonwealth heavyweight title belts following a sensational draw with Frazer Clarke at the O2 Arena this evening.

Wearing the ITFC badge on his shorts and gloves, and with Town CEO Mark Ashton in the crowd, Wardley was viewed a 114-113 winner of the 12-round contest by one judge, while another gave it 115-112 to Clarke, who took to the Portman Road pitch in a Norwich City shirt at half-time in the Bristol City match earlier this month as the two promoted the fight, and the third saw it 113-113.

Wardley, 29, had Burton-on-Trent-born Clarke, 32, on the floor towards the end of the fifth round, but the former white collar boxer’s nose bled throughout and by the end his right eye was badly swollen.

It’s expected that the two will meet again following a contest being hailed as a classic.

Photo: Reuters

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SoCalTownFan added 01:33 - Apr 1
This was a brave fight, Wardley had a cut in round 3 and battled on. There was blood everywhere, on the ground, on the Ref, on the other fighter. I was surprised he didn't get the lose but he deserved something. Town flags everywhere!

Elwood added 07:41 - Apr 1
Superb fight. Great spirit by Fabio.

Saxonblue74 added 08:47 - Apr 1
That was brutal! Well done Fabio, another high profile event for Ipswich.

trncbluearmy added 08:50 - Apr 1
Ipswich boy born n bred,strong in the arm n thick in the head.
What a warrior.

Bet he's at the footie today



Cookycrew added 09:18 - Apr 1
Brutal. Well done Fabio, so impressive and determined despite the bloody nose.

terryf added 10:25 - Apr 1
Watched the interview with Mark Heath pre fight and it looked as though Fabio was carrying cuts to the bridge of his nose into the fight.

Good that he's retained his titles.

A win tonight for the Super Blues will lift his spirits and ours!!

Lukeybluey added 10:31 - Apr 1
Was a brutal fight...both took some heavy punches, but Fabio's took a couple on the nose and one in the eye, how he could see through all the blood and warrior.

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