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Fabio Wardley knocks out David Adeleye in the seventh-round in British heavyweight title grudge match on the Tyson Fury vs Francis Ngannou undercard

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Fabio Wardley knocked out David Adeleye on Saturday night to defend his British heavyweight title and extend his professional record to a perfect 17 wins from 17 fights.

The all-British heavyweight showdown served as the chief support for Tyson Fury‘s crossover clash with former UFC Heavyweight Champion Francis Ngannou in Saudi Arabia.

The pair had engaged in a war of words leading up to the bout, and the action inside the ring certainly reflected the animosity between the two rising prospects.

As the fight wore on it was Wardley who was consistently landing the bigger power punches, and he punished his opponent with a lancing jab that left Adeleye’s eye swollen.

In the seventh round Wardley landed a right-hand left-hook that dropped Adeleye, leaving the previously undefeated fighter slumped against the ropes.

Fabio Wardley defeated David Adeleye in their grudge match in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Fabio Wardley defeated David Adeleye in their grudge match in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia 

The British heavyweight champion dropped Adeleye with a clubbing combination in the seventh-round

The British heavyweight champion dropped Adeleye with a clubbing combination in the seventh-round

Adeleye returned to his feet but the referee stepped in to stop the fight shortly after

Adeleye returned to his feet but the referee stepped in to stop the fight shortly after

Despite the crushing blow, Adeleye smiled and stuck his blood-red tongue out before rising to his feet in time to meet the referee’s count. 

Wardley immediately resumed the onslaught, delivering a series of punches against the ropes that left Adeleye stumbling and caused the referee to intervene, bringing an end to the fight by TKO.

Clearly unhappy with the referee’s decision, Adeleye immediately protested, pushing him away before punching him in the body, a move that could well result in sanctions against the heavyweight.

Despite the bad blood before the fight, that even ignited into a brawl during a press conference last month, the two fighters appeared to share some respectful words before Wardley was officially announced as the winner.