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Fabio Wardley v Frazer Clarke - Tale of the Tape: Weight, height, reach, trainer & professional boxing records

We analyse the credentials and statistics of Fabio Wardley and Frazer Clarke as the pair get set to contest a hugely-anticipated British & Commonwealth heavyweight title clash on Easter Sunday.

Fabio Wardley v Frazer Clarke

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There are two types of fights which capture the imagination of the general public: heavyweight battles and domestic grudge matches.

The bout between Fabio Wardley and Frazer Clarke for the British and Commonwealth titles ticks both those boxes. 

The fact that a clash between two novices will headline the O2 Arena, London, on 31st March is testament to the anticipation the fight has generated.

Originally, it looked like the pair would face each other last year when, the British Boxing Board of Control ordered both men to fight for the British title, only for Clarke’s team to withdraw from the process.

A word of words ensued on social media. Now, both men have the chance to settle the score in the ring. But who will prevail?

It's time to look at the 'Tale of the Tape'...
 

Fabio Wardley v Frazer Clarke
Tale of the Tape

TOTT
 Fabio WardleyFrazer Clarke
Odds:1/213/8
Age:2932
Nickname:    N/A'Big Fraze'
Height:6ft 5ins6ft 6ins
Reach:78insUnknown
Weight:HeavyweightHeavyweight
Trainer:Robert HodginsAngel Fernandez
Record:17-0 (16 KOs)8-0 (6 KOs)
Last Fight:Won - (TKO) v David Adeleye (October 2023)Won - (RTD) v David Allen (September 2023)


Fabio Wardley
In Profile

Fabio Wardley’s path to this point has been an unusual one.

The Ipswich man is a natural athlete who had been an academy player for his beloved football team, Ipswich Town. Sadly, ankle injuries curtailed any hope he had of playing the beautiful game as a professional.

It appeared that the dream of being a sportsman had died, but the 28-year-old was content as he found success as a recruitment consultant.

Always on the lookout for a new challenge, Wardley began training at his local boxing gym. His athleticism instantly set him apart from the crowd.

Before long, Wardley was offered the opportunity to take part in a white-collar boxing match. That bout ended in a knockout victory for him. Three more fights ended in the same manner. 

His performances caught the eye of, manager, Mervyn Turner who helped Wardley turn professional, in 2017.

Before long, the novice was helping Dillian Whyte prepare for his upcoming showdown with Robert Helenius and sparring Oleksandr Usyk ahead of the Ukrainian’s fight with Tony Bellew.

Wardley made such an impression on Whyte that ‘The Body Snatcher’ signed the novice to a managerial contract at the first available opportunity.

Under the guidance of Whyte, Wardley featured on a number of high-profile undercards, which allowed him to expose his explosive brand of power to a wider audience.

For someone with limited experience, Wardley has made tremendous progress, in a short space of time. 

In 2022, he captured the British title, against Nathan Gorman. Many expected the bout to be competitive, but it was anything but. Wardley sent his rival to the canvas three times, forcing Gorman’s corner to throw in the towel, during the third round.

In the biggest fight of his career to date, he captured the Commonwealth belt and retained his British strap against David Adeleye, on the undercard of Tyson Fury’s fight against Francis Ngannou. 

While ‘The Gypsy King’ turned in a lacklustre display, Wardley used his moment in the spotlight to highlight his own brand of power-punching. 

While not as well schooled as some other prospects, Wardley’s explosiveness has compensated for any technical short comings thus far. 

Will that be enough to lead him to the top of the heavyweight division?

Strengths:Weaknesses:
Hand-speedCan overreach with shots
JabHead falls over front foot
Punch powerStays in range after throwing punches
Shot selectionOpen to straight shots


Frazer Clarke
In Profile

Frazer Clarke spent many years as the early man of British amateur boxing. 

Through two Olympic cycles, the fighter from Burton-on-Trent found himself behind, first, Anthony Joshua, and then Joe Joyce. Of course, both those men justified their selection by winning gold and silver, respectively, at the London and Rio Games.

In 2021, Clarke finally got his shot; capturing Bronze at the Tokyo Olympics, after losing in the semi-final to, eventual winner, Bakhodir Jalolov.

Clarke finished his career in the unpaid ranks with a 63-25 record having faced the likes of: Joshua, Joyce and Joseph Parker. He also gained wins over: Jalolov, Tony Yoka and Justis Huni.

‘Big Fraze’ turner professional under the guidance of BOXXER in 2022, but has found meaningful fights hard to come by. Clarke has himself expressed frustration at the level of opposition he has faced during the infancy of his career, but in Wardley, he has a rival to truly test him.

At 32, time is not on Clarke’s side and he will have to be progressed quickly.

The only concern is that that the British and Commonwealth champion represents a significant step up in calibre from the men Clarke has fought this far.

However, the Midlands fighter will hope to draw on his vast experience in the unpaid ranks.

Strengths:Weaknesses:
JabOne-paced
Body shotsMoves back in straight lines
Applies educated pressureFalls in after throwing his own shots
Thudding powerSusceptible to an overhand right

All odds displayed within this article were correct at the time of writing and are subject to fluctuation.
 

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