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Ipswich confirm they are ‘open’ to Fabio Wardley fighting at Portman Road in the future – as club’s CEO claims heavyweight can host a bout there ‘when the time is right’

Ipswich confirm they are ‘open’ to Fabio Wardley fighting at Portman Road in the future – as club’s CEO claims heavyweight can host a bout there ‘when the time is right’
  • PublishedApril 13, 2024

Ipswich Town have confirmed that they are ‘open’ to hosting a Fabio Wardley fight following his title defence against Frazer Clarke last month.

The two British heavyweights faced off on Easter Sunday in one of the best British title fights of recent times, with both exchanging several heavy blows throughout a compelling 12 rounds at the 02.

However, the bruising bout was declared a split-decision draw, meaning Wardley retained his British and Commonwealth heavyweight titles.

In the build-up to the bout, Clarke and Wardley faced off at Portman Road – due to the latter being an Ipswich fan – as they traded verbal barbs. 

Now, as Wardley begins planning for the rematch, Ipswich’s CEO Mark Ashton has welcomed the prospect of the hometown hero fighting at Portman Road.

Boxer and Ipswich fan Fabio Wardley has been keen to host a fight at Portman Road

The club’s CEO, Mark Ashton, has revealed they are open to hosting a Wardley fight

Speaking to Sky Sports, Ashton said: ‘We’re immensely proud of Fabio for what he has achieved over these past few years.

‘We’ve always been open to him fighting at Portman Road in his hometown in front of what will be a huge crowd.

‘Of course with anything, the time needs to be right for both the club and Fabio, but when that time is right, Portman Road will be waiting. We’d love it to be this year.’

Shortly after his fight with Clarke, Wardley was spotted in the away end for Ipswich’s derby against Norwich City.

The 29-year-old Suffolk sensation watched on as Ipswich’s promotion hopes were dealt a minor blow as their rivals triumphed 1-0 on the day. 

Recently, Wardley insisted he holds the power over whether he faces Clarke in a rematch. 

In the aftermath, Clarke immediately called for a rematch, but Wardley was non-committal and claimed he was keeping his options open. 

‘It’s a likely option,’ Wardley told Sky Sports News. ‘It’s not the only option, but it’s a likely option.

‘I’m still champion, I’ve still got my belts. I’m still well-ranked with the governing bodies for world titles.

Fabio Wardley (L) and Frazer Clarke’s (R) British heavyweight title clash ended in a draw 

Wardley has said he holds the power over whether he faces Frazer Clarke in a rematch

‘Or if the fans want it [Clarke rematch], they want to see it again and it becomes big enough, then we can run it back.

‘Whoever I fight there, it would be a dream come true for me to fight at Portman Road in front of over 30,000 people.’

During the brutal bout, Wardley suffered a huge gash to his nose and was left spitting blood, while Clarke was dropped to the floor in the fifth round.

However, both fighters battled on with the judges unable to split them after scores of 114-113 112-115 113-113. 

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