Terrifying knockout puts boxing world on notice
Heavyweight rising star Fabio Wardley poleaxed his latest victim Richard Lartey, leaving the Ghanaian heavyweight needing oxygen in the ring on Sunday morning.
The Dillian Whyte-managed monster was in a big step-up fight, but less than two rounds to destroy his opponent with a walk-off, one-punch knockout, The Sun reports.
In the opening session, Lartey marched forward with a high guard and even clipped the Ipswich man with a left hook.
But in the second round Lartey switched off and former office worker Wardley unloaded a two-shot combination.
Lartey collapsed on the spot and was counted out before the medics were called in to help him.
Fabio Wardley’s KO of Richard Lartey #BennFormella #boxing pic.twitter.com/Qii0gSyzEz
@Fabio_Wardley Can Punch 💪🏾Great performance, answered alot of people's question tonight 🤯🤯
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Lartey was stuck on the floor for a few minutes before he could be lifted carefully to a stool where he spent several more minutes recovering.
Concerned Wardley stayed rooted to a neutral corner and, just as Lartey was helped out of the ring, the Brit dashed over to hug and console him.
Richard Lartey didn’t get up for several minutes.Source:Twitter
Dangerous Wardley is now 10-0 with nine wins inside the distance and has the English title proudly around his waist.
Wardley said: “I’m happy with the finish. It answered some questions about my single-punch power.
“I can hang with the big boys. I just proved that when I sit down on my punch, I can get you out.
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“I’m moving at a good pace. Decent opposition. Lartey was a good challenge that I passed easily.
“I still need to build and learn. I haven’t gone to the second half of a fight or got into a war.”
His performance impressed the boxing world.
Boxing great Tony Bellew wrote on Twitter: “That’s a statement from Wardley!! No one done Lartey like that tbh… suppose Wardley wasn’t happy about being made to wait! Rolling on the floor laughing well done Fabio Wardley”.
High profile fight-maker Eddie Hearn also described the performance as a “huge statement”.
— This story originally appeared on thesun.co.uk and has been republished with permission
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