Heavyweight hope Fabio Wardley won’t be hanging around when he faces Simon Vallily in their vacant English title fight at Matchroom’s Fight Camp in Brentwood, Essex, on August 1.
Wardley, who is managed by WBC interim heavyweight champion Dillian Whyte, has reeled off seven consecutive stoppages and believes former amateur star Vallily (17-2-1, 7 KOs) will add to that run on Saturday.
“It’s nice to have someone in the opposite corner that has that bit between their teeth and is coming in to win,” said Wardley (8-0, 7 KOs). “Nobody has really been able to see how I react when someone is actually coming towards me. It’s always been me pressing the fight and the action. It will be nice to show that other side to me, that I can counter, I can return and I can go toe-to-toe with someone if they want it.
“I’m liking that Simon is saying he’s back in a good place because that means when I get the win nobody can take anything away from me. Simon is a really good contender, he’s a good fighter and he’s got a good pedigree. That’s everything that I need, I want to prove myself against someone that has got a good background.
“We’ll tee off on each other at the start. I think there will be that element of trying to figure out who is going to control this fight and who is going to take the centre of the ring. I’ll slow the pace down, I’ll pick it apart a bit and then I’ll take my chance when it comes and I’ll finish it up early.”
Wardley-Vallily will be televised live on Sky Sports in the UK and DAZN in the US. The show is headlined by Sam Eggington’s potential barnburner against Ted Cheeseman at 154lbs.