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Wardley vs. Clarke

Wardley vs. Clarke: A Brutal Heavyweight War Ends in a Draw

Fabio Wardley held onto his British and Commonwealth heavyweight titles after a gruelling 12-round draw with Frazer Clarke at London's O2 Arena. The fight was a brutal war of attrition, leaving both fighters battered and bruised.

Wardley Knocks Down Clarke, Loses Momentum

Early on, Wardley seemed poised for a decisive victory. He floored Clarke with a heavy right hand at the end of the fifth round and saw Clarke docked a point for a low blow in the seventh. However, the tenacious Clarke refused to go down without a fight. He rallied back impressively, raising questions about whether Wardley deserved the win.

 

Clarke's Technical Prowess vs. Wardley's Raw Power

Despite Wardley's experience advantage, Clarke displayed superior technical boxing in the opening rounds. His jab was particularly effective, often making Wardley look undisciplined. Clarke mixed up his punches well, targeting both the head and body with well-placed rights.

A furious exchange ensued in the second round, with both fighters trading blows. Wardley landed a solid right on Clarke's head after absorbing a body shot. He continued to push forward even after being hurt by a right hand. The constant pressure took its toll on Clarke, who showed swelling under his right eye.

The third round followed a similar pattern, with Clarke's jab keeping Wardley at bay. Wardley's attempts to close the distance resulted in him getting caught by uppercuts, causing his nose to bleed. This highlighted the dilemma Wardley faced: being aggressive opened the door for success, but Clarke's jab punished him for recklessness.

Wardley Scores Knockdown, Clarke Fights Back

The fourth round saw another competitive exchange. By the fifth, fatigue started to show on Wardley, who had never gone past seven rounds professionally. However, he trapped Clarke near the ropes and unleashed a wild right that sent Clarke crashing to the canvas. Clarke managed to recover and survive the round, but the knockdown potentially swung the fight in Wardley's favour.

Controversial Point Deduction for Clarke

Clarke's struggles in the sixth round led him to resort to a low blow, resulting in a point deduction. This setback added to the perception of Wardley being the favourite due to his experience, despite Clarke's strong start.

Wardley's Recklessness Meets Clarke's Grit

Wardley's desperate attempts to force a stoppage exposed him to vulnerabilities. While his recklessness paid off at times, it also made him increasingly ragged and slower. Clarke capitalised on this by consistently jabbing Wardley, causing his nose to bleed profusely. The damage was so severe that the ringside doctor was called in during the 10th round to assess Wardley's condition.

Despite the doctor's close examination, Wardley, determined to secure a narrow points victory, battled on. Both fighters' camps tried to influence the referee and their fighter throughout the fight. Ultimately, Clarke's relentless jab proved to be a key factor, and he could consider himself unlucky not to have won after his best performance to date.

The controversial draw has left fans debating the outcome, with many calling for a rematch to settle the score definitively.

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