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Wardley: The British government need to back boxing

Wardley targeting showdown with Gorman after Lartey knockout

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Fabio Wardley has urged the government to provide funding for grassroots boxing Photo Credit: Mark Robinson/Matchroom Boxing
Fabio Wardley has urged the government to provide funding for grassroots boxing Photo Credit: Mark Robinson/Matchroom Boxing

Fabio Wardley insists the British government should look to include boxing in their rescue package for sport.

Boxing was excluded from the £300m bailout announced on Thursday to provide emergency resources to 11 sports, amid the shortage of revenue generated from a lack of spectators in line with Covid-19 regulations.

Matchroom Director Eddie Hearn wrote an open letter to the government on Monday calling for them to invest in grassroots boxing and English heavyweight champion, Wardley believes the sport should be given more support, drawing on its wide benefits.

“It’s a bit of a kick in the teeth really,” Wardley told proboxing-fans.com of the decision.

“Especially [being] one of the UK’s biggest sports, I think definitely now with the likes of [Anthony] Joshua, especially with [Tyson] Fury now, the whole of the heavyweight division is in the UK.

“Surely we should back it, surely we should get behind it and support it.

“It’s taken so many people away from bad parts of their lives or got people into good spaces.

“Even mental health is obviously a massive thing lately and I think boxing is testament to how that’s helped so many people.

“Even at my local boxing club I know loads of people that do boxing just because it’s nice to have that stress relief, it does you well and you do a really hard session and at the end of it you feel great.

“I think it’s a big thing that needs to be done, I think the government definitely does need to back British boxing.”

Wardley stopped Lartey in two rounds on Saturday Photo Credit: Dave Thompson/Matchroom Boxing
Wardley stopped Lartey in two rounds on Saturday Photo Credit: Dave Thompson/Matchroom Boxing

Wardley put in a destructive display to see off Richard Lartey in two rounds at The SSE Arena on Saturday night and is now targeting a shot at the British title.

Current British champion, Daniel Dubois will defend his Lonsdale belt and the Commonwealth title against Joe Joyce on Saturday night, with the winner expected to close in on a world title opportunity and the belts likely to become vacant.

Daniel Dubois faces Joe Joyce on November 28 Photo Credit: Queensberry Promotions
Daniel Dubois faces Joe Joyce on November 28 Photo Credit: Queensberry Promotions

Wardley, who is managed by Dillian Whyte says a fight with former British title challenger, Nathan Gorman is a feasible option for a British title clash next.

“The only one who is of any worth for the British title is Nathan [Gorman] really.

Wardley is eyeing a showdown with Nathan Gorman who beat Lartey on points in October Photo Credit: Round 'N' Bout Media / Queensberry Promotions
Wardley is eyeing a showdown with Nathan Gorman who beat Lartey on points in October Photo Credit: Round ‘N’ Bout Media / Queensberry Promotions

“I haven’t looked through the rankings myself particularly, but I don’t know who else is in and around that mark or on their way really, no one is.

“So it looks like the ideal set-up would be me and Nathan, it just looks like the one that would go together.

Watch the full interview with Fabio Wardley below where he also gives his take on Dubois vs Joyce having sparred both and the exhibition between Mike Tyson and Roy Jones Jr on Saturday:

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