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I’ve sparred with Tyson Fury, Anthony Joshua and Oleksandr Usyk – but one heavyweight hits harder than them all

Dillian Whyte is the hardest hitting heavyweight, according to British champion Fabio Wardley.

Having been introduced to boxing through the white-collar scene and then turning professional without having a single amateur bout, 28-year-old Wardley saw it necessary to gain experience through sparring.

” alt=”” aria-hidden=”true” />Wardley lacked experience coming into the pro ranks and so took it upon himself to spar as many heavyweights as possible

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Wardley lacked experience coming into the pro ranks and so took it upon himself to spar as many heavyweights as possible

” alt=”” aria-hidden=”true” />And to date he has sparred most of the top ten heavyweights in the world

And to date he has sparred most of the top ten heavyweights in the world

As such, he has made sure to take on the very best. “To date, I’ve ticked most of them off now,” he told talkSPORT. “I’ve done Anthony JoshuaTyson Fury, Dillian Whyte, Oleksandr Usyk, Filip Hrgovic, Derek Chisora.

All the big names and top ten guys, I’ve ticked them all off, which is something I’m quite happy with and I’m thankful to them for giving me that opportunity.”

In terms of who has the hardest punch out of all the fighters he has sparred, Wardley said: “I’ve done more rounds with some than others.

“Like with Joshua I’ve only done maybe ten rounds in total, whereas with Hrgovic I spent about a month in Miami with him training and when you spend more time with someone there’s more opportunity for them to land some sweeter shots.

“But, the single time I’ve been hit the hardest is Dillian Whyte I think when he’s caught me with that quick check left hook a few times and it catches you by surprise.”

The Bodysnatcher’ Whyte is famed for his left hook, which has seen a number of high level fighters hit the canvas over the years, including Chisora, Lucas Browne, Alexander Povetkin and Joseph Parker.

” alt=”” aria-hidden=”true” />Wardley believes there is not a harder puncher out there than Whyte’s left hook

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Wardley believes there is not a harder puncher out there than Whyte’s left hook
Wardley carries some considerable power himself, having knocked out every opponent he has faced in his 15 pro fights so far, with the exception of his debut, which he won on points.

“My record goes to show that one way or the other I get my opponents out of there,” Wardley said.

Maybe I’m not the hardest single punch fighter amongst the heavyweights, but I think I put my shots together well and all of them have power, speed, they’re sharp, so I think its more accumulative rather than a single devastating shot.”

Next up, Wardley will appear on the undercard of Joshua vs Jermaine Franklin this weekend at the O2 Arena in London, as he comes up against Michael Polite Coffie in a battle for the WBA Continental title.

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