|Real name||Simon Vallily|
|Born||15 August 1985|
|Wins by KO||4|
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.
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. 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". 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.
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". 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.
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. 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".
Professional boxing record
|Professional record summary|
|16 fights||13 wins||2 losses|
|16||Loss||13–2–1||Craig Glover||TKO||8 (10), 1:06||13 Oct 2018||Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle, England|
|15||Draw||13–1–1||Arfan Iqbal||SD||10||16 Jun 2018||Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle, England||For English cruiserweight title|
|14||Win||13–1||Blaise Mendouo||TKO||4 (4), 2:24||17 Feb 2018||Manchester Arena, Manchester, England|
|13||Win||12–1||Blaise Mendouo||PTS||6||23 Jun 2017||Walker Activity Dome, Newcastle, Tyne and Wear, England|
|12||Win||11–1||Dmitrij Kalinovskij||PTS||4||26 May 2017||Rainton Meadows Arena, Houghton-le-Spring, Tyne and Wear, England|
|11||Win||10–1||Artūrs Kuļikauskis||TKO||4 (4), 2:14||4 Mar 2017||Rainton Meadows Arena, Houghton-le-Spring, Tyne and Wear, England|
|10||Loss||9–1||Mairis Briedis||TKO||3 (8), 2:36||15 Oct 2016||Echo Arena, Liverpool, Merseyside, England|
|9||Win||9–0||Toni Višić||TKO||3 (6), 2:33||10 Jul 2016||Stadium of Light, Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, England|
|8||Win||8–0||Remigijus Žiaušys||PTS||6||05 Mar 2016||Rainton Meadows Arena, Houghton-le-Spring, Tyne and Wear, England|
|7||Win||7–0||Wladimir Letr||PTS||6||04 Apr 2015||Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle, Tyne and Wear, England|
|6||Win||6–0||David Vicena||KO||3 (4), 0:40||08 Mar 2015||Rainton Meadows Arena, Houghton-le-Spring, Tyne and Wear, England|
|5||Win||5–0||Jiří Svačina||TD||5 (6), 1:14||04 Oct 2014||First Direct Arena, Leeds, Yorkshire, England|
|4||Win||4–0||Moses Matovu||PTS||4||21 May 2014||First Direct Arena, Leeds, Yorkshire, England|
|3||Win||3–0||Rolandas Čėsna||PTS||4||7 Oct 2013||Royal Lancaster Hotel, Bayswater, London, England|
|2||Win||2–0||Moses Matovu||PTS||4||20 Sep 2013||Hilton Hotel, Mayfair, London, England|
|1||Win||1–0||Simeon Cover||PTS||4||21 Mar 2013||York Hall, Bethnal Green, London, England||Professional debut|
- "GB Boxing | Simon Vallily profile". Archived from the original on 26 March 2010. Retrieved 14 November 2010.
- The Guardian | Boxer Simon Vallily gets redemption with gold
- Gazette Live | Simon Vallily only now reaching his potential
- The Telegraph | Simon Vallily claims heavyweight gold after kncokout
- Gazette Live | Simon Vallily wins senior boxing title
- Sporting Life | Vallily crowned GB champion[permanent dead link]
- Northern Echo | Vallily and Saunders through to final