Simon Vallily

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Simon Vallily
Statistics
Real nameSimon Vallily
Weight(s)Cruiserweight
NationalityBritish
Born (1985-08-15) 15 August 1985 (age 33)
Middlesbrough, Yorkshire,
England
StanceOrthodox
Boxing record
Total fights16
Wins13
Wins by KO4
Losses2
Draws1

Simon Vallily (born 15 August 1985) is an English professional boxer. As an amateur, he was a member of the England elite squad as well as the Great British podium squad and won gold at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi.[1][2]

Amateur career[edit]

Fighting for the South Bank Amateur boxing club in Middlesbrough, Vallily was formerly on the books of Middlesbrough Football Club until disciplinary issues meant that his career in football ended prematurely.[3][4] Vallily claimed that he started boxing after getting into trouble when he was a kid, and that what he would be doing if he were not boxing would be "not worth thinking about".[1] In February 2006, he was sentenced to 4 years in prison following a knife attack. Halfway into his sentence he was released and started to concentrate on his boxing career.[3]

Domestic honours[edit]

In 2009, competing in the super heavyweight division, Vallily won the senior ABA title in Sheffield at the English Institute of Sport, beating Amin Isa 13-4. Despite touching the canvas himself, the victory included a knockdown of his opponent in the third round. Speaking of the win and of the fact that he himself had taken a count, Vallily said, "Getting caught gave me a kick up the backside and got me going". Reflecting on the turnaround in his life since being sentenced to jail in 2006 Vallily said, "I've changed since those days and I'm an ABA champion now...All that is behind me and I don't like to look back - I was just a daft kid...I want to look to the future. I'm grown up now and more focused and this is just the start".[5] On 13 November 2010, Vallily was crowned the Great Britain champion after defeating experienced rival Danny Price 4-3 in the tournament held in Liverpool's Echo Arena and televised by the BBC.[6]

Commonwealth Games[edit]

Vallily was part of the England team that competed at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi. Picked at the 91kg Heavyweight category, Vallily fought his way to the final, defeating Dominic Winrow of the Isle of Man in the first round, Arsene Foukou of Cameroon in the quarter-finals and gaining a walkover against Awusone Yekeni of Ghana in the semifinals.[7] In the final he claimed the gold medal with a first round stoppage over Northern Ireland's Steven Ward after knocking him to the canvas, having quickly established a 6-1 lead. Speaking of Vallily's performance, coach Rob McCracken said "He's frighteningly good. We've got two years to work with him and there's a real possibility he could win the Olympics".[2]

Professional boxing record[edit]

Professional record summary
16 fights 13 wins 2 losses
By knockout 4 2
By decision 9 0
Draws 1
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
16 Loss 13–2–1 United Kingdom Craig Glover TKO 8 (10), 1:06 13 Oct 2018 United Kingdom Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle, England
15 Draw 13–1–1 United Kingdom Arfan Iqbal SD 10 16 Jun 2018 United Kingdom Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle, England For English cruiserweight title
14 Win 13–1 Cameroon Blaise Mendouo TKO 4 (4), 2:24 17 Feb 2018 United Kingdom Manchester Arena, Manchester, England
13 Win 12–1 Cameroon Blaise Mendouo PTS 6 23 Jun 2017 United Kingdom Walker Activity Dome, Newcastle, Tyne and Wear, England
12 Win 11–1 Lithuania Dmitrij Kalinovskij PTS 4 26 May 2017 United Kingdom Rainton Meadows Arena, Houghton-le-Spring, Tyne and Wear, England
11 Win 10–1 Latvia Artūrs Kuļikauskis TKO 4 (4), 2:14 4 Mar 2017 United Kingdom Rainton Meadows Arena, Houghton-le-Spring, Tyne and Wear, England
10 Loss 9–1 Latvia Mairis Briedis TKO 3 (8), 2:36 15 Oct 2016 United Kingdom Echo Arena, Liverpool, Merseyside, England
9 Win 9–0 Croatia Toni Višić TKO 3 (6), 2:33 10 Jul 2016 United Kingdom Stadium of Light, Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, England
8 Win 8–0 Lithuania Remigijus Žiaušys PTS 6 05 Mar 2016 United Kingdom Rainton Meadows Arena, Houghton-le-Spring, Tyne and Wear, England
7 Win 7–0 Poland Wladimir Letr PTS 6 04 Apr 2015 United Kingdom Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle, Tyne and Wear, England
6 Win 6–0 Czech Republic David Vicena KO 3 (4), 0:40 08 Mar 2015 United Kingdom Rainton Meadows Arena, Houghton-le-Spring, Tyne and Wear, England
5 Win 5–0 Czech Republic Jiří Svačina TD 5 (6), 1:14 04 Oct 2014 United Kingdom First Direct Arena, Leeds, Yorkshire, England
4 Win 4–0 Uganda Moses Matovu PTS 4 21 May 2014 United Kingdom First Direct Arena, Leeds, Yorkshire, England
3 Win 3–0 Lithuania Rolandas Čėsna PTS 4 7 Oct 2013 United Kingdom Royal Lancaster Hotel, Bayswater, London, England
2 Win 2–0 Uganda Moses Matovu PTS 4 20 Sep 2013 United Kingdom Hilton Hotel, Mayfair, London, England
1 Win 1–0 United Kingdom Simeon Cover PTS 4 21 Mar 2013 United Kingdom York Hall, Bethnal Green, London, England Professional debut

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "GB Boxing | Simon Vallily profile". Archived from the original on 26 March 2010. Retrieved 14 November 2010.
  2. ^ a b The Guardian | Boxer Simon Vallily gets redemption with gold
  3. ^ a b Gazette Live | Simon Vallily only now reaching his potential
  4. ^ The Telegraph | Simon Vallily claims heavyweight gold after kncokout
  5. ^ Gazette Live | Simon Vallily wins senior boxing title
  6. ^ Sporting Life | Vallily crowned GB champion[permanent dead link]
  7. ^ Northern Echo | Vallily and Saunders through to final

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