One of British boxing’s unrealised talents, Simon Vallily is relishing the prospect of facing heavyweight hope Fabio Wardley and promising a knockout when the duo meet for the vacant English title on the opening week of Matchroom’s Fight Camp in Brentwood, Essex, on August 1.

Vallily (17-2-1, 7 KOs) excelled as an amateur, winning an ABA title in 2009 and Commonwealth Gold in 2010, but has endured a chequered career as a pro with his commitment often failing to match his talent. 

But the Middlesbrough man says he has turned over a new leaf after four straight wins and will illustrate that improvement against the touted Wardley, who is managed by WBC interim heavyweight champion Dillian Whyte.

“I think that experience will play a big part in this fight,” said Vallily. “People keep on going on about the guys Fabio has sparred with, but I’ve been around the block and I’ve sparred with some of the best lads in the world – I’m not going to bang on about it. 

“10oz gloves and no headguards, believe me it’s a whole different ball game. It’s going to be a big eye-opener for him. I’ve had a look at him, and you can see he’s got a bit of talent. He’s tricky, he’s fresh, he’s going to come and he’s going to be fit. 

“It’s going to be a really good fight but totally disregard my professional career to this point because to be honest with you it’s been a total shambles. This is where it starts now and unfortunately for Fabio, this is my coming out party and not his. He’s not going to [hear] the final bell. Sorry Fabio, but you’re going to sleep mate!”

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