Ipswich heavyweight Fabio Wardley gets third straight first round knockout at ‘Homecoming’ show

Fabio Wardley, left, celebrates as ref Ian John Lewis waves off the action in the first round at the

Fabio Wardley, left, celebrates as ref Ian John Lewis waves off the action in the first round at the Ipswich Corn Exchange. Picture: SARA THOMAS - Credit: Sara Thomas

Ipswich heavyweight prospect Fabio Wardley is taking aim at a Southern Area title shot before the end of the year after winning his third straight fight inside the first round.

Fabio Wardley celebrates his win over Ferenc Zsalek at the Ipswich Corn Exchange. Picture: GEOFF SMI

Fabio Wardley celebrates his win over Ferenc Zsalek at the Ipswich Corn Exchange. Picture: GEOFF SMITH/TOP-PIC-PHOTOGRAPHY - Credit: Archant

Wardley headlined ‘The Homecoming’ show at Ipswich Corn Exchange on Saturday – the first pro boxing show in the town in almost 20 years – having previously promised to finish the show ‘with a bang’.

And he certainly delivered, decking experienced foe Ferenc Zslaek, a veteran of almost 100 fights, in just a minute and 41 seconds.

Fabio Wardley prepares to launch a big right hand. Picture: SARA THOMAS

Fabio Wardley prepares to launch a big right hand. Picture: SARA THOMAS - Credit: Sara Thomas

Wardley said: “The plan wasn’t to go looking for the KO, I was taking my time and having a look at him for the first minute and a half, looking at his style and seeing where the holes were.

“He had a very high and tight guard so shots down the middle weren’t going to work. It was a looping right hand which did the damage, that scrambled his brains and he hit the floor.”

Fabio Wardley looks to land a shot on Ferenc Zsalek at the Ipswich Corn Exchange. Picture: GEOFF SMI

Fabio Wardley looks to land a shot on Ferenc Zsalek at the Ipswich Corn Exchange. Picture: GEOFF SMITH/TOP-PIC-PHOTOGRAPHY - Credit: Archant


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Wardley, who improved his record to 4-0 with three first round stoppages, added: “I can definitely bang, everyone in this division can – one punch can change everything in the heavyweight division.

“I’m not Anthony Joshua, but it’s the punches that you don’t see coming which hurt you.”

Fabio Wardley has his hand raised after winning at the Ipswich Corn Exchange. Picture: SARA THOMAS

Fabio Wardley has his hand raised after winning at the Ipswich Corn Exchange. Picture: SARA THOMAS - Credit: Sara Thomas

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Wardley was roared on by a hugely vocal backing at the Corn Exchange, and he said having such noisy home support made it a special evening.

“It was absolutely electric,” he enthused. “When they did the pre-fight announcements I could feel the vibrations through the ring – it went above and beyond what I was expecting.”

Fabrio Wardley and his team after his knockout win at the Ipswich Corn Exchange. Picture: GEOFF SMIT

Fabrio Wardley and his team after his knockout win at the Ipswich Corn Exchange. Picture: GEOFF SMITH/TOP-PIC-PHOTOGRAPHY - Credit: Archant

Wardley, 23, now hopes to be back in action in Norwich in July as he builds to a title fight towards the end of the year.

“I want to keep busy, keep moving and keep going,” he said. “I’ll probably be out again in July and we’re still on track for the Southern Area (title fight) by the end of the year.

Ferenc Zsalek on the floor courtesy of Fabio Wardley at the Ipswich Corn Exchange. Picture: GEOFF SM

Ferenc Zsalek on the floor courtesy of Fabio Wardley at the Ipswich Corn Exchange. Picture: GEOFF SMITH/TOP-PIC-PHOTOGRAPHY - Credit: Archant

“We want to get the first milestone out of the way, that first belt sorted, and then see where we can go.”

It was a good night too for Ipswich middleweight Ryan Copland, who won his pro debut on points against Paul Cummings.

Ryan Copland throws a heavy body shot against Paul Cummings in his pro debut at the Ipswich Corn Exc

Ryan Copland throws a heavy body shot against Paul Cummings in his pro debut at the Ipswich Corn Exchange. Picture: GEOFF SMITH/TOP-PIC-PHOTOGRAPHY - Credit: Archant

There were also wins for Colchester’s Connor Vian, Clacton’s Joe Hurn and Dan Azeez and Ray Moylette.

Ryan Copland lands a jab on his pro debut at the Ipswich Corn Exchange. Picture: GEOFF SMITH/TOP-PIC

Ryan Copland lands a jab on his pro debut at the Ipswich Corn Exchange. Picture: GEOFF SMITH/TOP-PIC-PHOTOGRAPHY - Credit: Archant

Full results

Ryan Copland beat Paul Cummings on points (39-37)

Ryan Copland works inside. Picture: GEOFF SMITH/TOP-PIC-PHOTOGRAPHY

Ryan Copland works inside. Picture: GEOFF SMITH/TOP-PIC-PHOTOGRAPHY - Credit: Archant

Dan Azeez beat Jevgenijs Andrejevs by TKO in the first round

Joe Hurn beat Emamanuel Moussinga on points (39-38)

Connor Vian moved to 8-0 with a points win at the Ipswich Corn Exchange. Picture: GEOFF SMITH/TOP-PI

Connor Vian moved to 8-0 with a points win at the Ipswich Corn Exchange. Picture: GEOFF SMITH/TOP-PIC-PHOTOGRAPHY - Credit: Archant

Connor Vian beat MJ Hall on points (60-54)

Ray Moylette beat Jorge Moreno by KO in the seventh round

Connor Vian backs MJ Hall up to the ropes. Picture: GEOFF SMITH/TOP-PIC-PHOTOGRAPHY

Connor Vian backs MJ Hall up to the ropes. Picture: GEOFF SMITH/TOP-PIC-PHOTOGRAPHY - Credit: Archant

Fabio Wardley beat Ferenc Zsalek by KO in the first round

Joe Hurn in action at the Ipswich Corn Exchange. Picture: GEOFF SMITH/TOP-PIC-PHOTOGRAPHY

Joe Hurn in action at the Ipswich Corn Exchange. Picture: GEOFF SMITH/TOP-PIC-PHOTOGRAPHY - Credit: Archant

Joe Hurn celebrates another win with his team at the Ipswich Corn Exchange. Picture: GEOFF SMITH/TOP

Joe Hurn celebrates another win with his team at the Ipswich Corn Exchange. Picture: GEOFF SMITH/TOP-PIC-PHOTOGRAPHY - Credit: Archant

Ray Moylette won by stoppage at the Ipswich Corn Exchange. Picture: GEOFF SMITH/TOP-PIC-PHOTOGRAPHY

Ray Moylette won by stoppage at the Ipswich Corn Exchange. Picture: GEOFF SMITH/TOP-PIC-PHOTOGRAPHY - Credit: Archant

Dan Azeez celebrates his win at the Ipswich Corn Exchange. Picture: GEOFF SMITH/TOP-PIC-PHOTOGRAPHY

Dan Azeez celebrates his win at the Ipswich Corn Exchange. Picture: GEOFF SMITH/TOP-PIC-PHOTOGRAPHY - Credit: Archant

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