Sitting on David Adeleye’s arm is a tattoo of a boy pointing at a boxing glove in front of Wembley Stadium. It represents a vision, a goal, a future that the undefeated heavyweight saw for himself when he first turned pro. A vision that on Saturday night becomes reality.
“This was when I had just turned pro, I was 1-0, I had it tattooed on my skin and manifested it,” he says. sports mail. “I came from where I come from, where my mother and my childhood dream came from: a little boy, pointing at a boxing glove in front of Wembley Stadium, just to say: ‘one day I will be fighting there'”.
Adeleye, as you can see, practices the art of manifestation. She not only inks the skin for him, but the part as well, as she writes down all of his anticipated future endeavors: certain titles, certain opponents, even a certain number of fights.
David Adeleye (L) fights on the undercard of Tyson Fury vs Dillian Whyte at Wembley Stadium
The heavyweight tattooed Wembley Stadium on his arm after just one professional fight, manifesting what has now become a reality.
On Saturday night, the first part of the journey comes to an end, when he fights on the undercard as his regular training partner, Tyson Fury, takes on Dillian Whyte in front of 94,000 fans at England’s national stadium.
So that’s a goal on the checklist checked off, albeit only partially. ‘In the future I will be headlining there,’ she assures. “So this is just a springboard, just putting my foot in the water and trying out what it’s going to be like.”
Standing in the way of the Brit’s hopes and dreams is journeyman southpaw Chris Healey (9-8), who, unsurprisingly, the hard-hitting Adeleye promises to knock out, in what would be her eighth KO in nine fights. .
The thudding thud of his venomous punches won’t reverberate at Wembley as they would at York Hall, the location of his most recent demolition job, but the suggestion of any difference in approach or extra nerves is quickly dismissed.
“A fight is a fight at the end of the day,” he said. “I’d probably feel the same way if I was fighting in a pub, no nerves.” His trainer, Frank Greaves, steps in and insists, “He doesn’t go to pubs.” Adeleye jokes: ‘No, I’ll leave that to Frank.’
“If I was fighting in the gym in front of 10 people, it would be the same,” Adeleye continued. ‘It’s exciting, you just have to take it easy. It’s a fight at the end of the day. We’re not playing golf, we’re going out to punch each other in the mouth.
A record 94,000 fans will pack inside Wembley Stadium for the fight.
It’s a step forward for Adeleye, whose last outing against Dominik Musil was at London’s York Hall.
Adeleye will be looking for another big KO to take her to eight of nine pro fights.
For what is arguably the biggest fight of his young career, the 25-year-old has prepared in an equally imposing environment, once again joining Fury for the entirety of his eight-week camp alongside his training partners. Joseph Parker, Martin Bakole, and Jarrell Miller. .
A phenomenal learning experience for the young heavyweight, who has been a part of the WBC champion’s camp since his rematch against Deontay Wilder in 2020.
“It’s like she’s a student who just started her first year,” explains Adeleye. ‘Tyson is about to graduate and then you have the teachers teaching Tyson, teaching me as well.
‘I’m a new student essentially getting the same knowledge as a graduate, so I’m moving pretty fast. I’m basically sitting in a veterans class and I’m new, and I’m doing well on my exams.’
A smile appears on Adeleye’s face when she is asked to detail exactly how she fared against Fury. ‘Fine,’ is her one-word reply. Adds Greaves again: “He’s there for a reason, because he’s competitive and he gives Tyson a different look and different things that he maybe can’t get elsewhere.”
In fact, the fights were so good, not only against Fury, but also against Parker, Miller and Bakole, that both Adeleye and Greaves insisted that in the blink of an eye they would replace Whyte, should he withdraw in the last minute.
Adeleye was joined by sparring partners Martin Bakole (centre) and Jarrell Miller (centre right)
Also very present at the co-ed camp was Fury’s training partner, Joseph Parker (center)
“A few weeks ago, people were asking if Dillian Whyte was going to show up,” Greaves recalled. If they offered it to us two days in advance, we’d rip their hand off.
‘You have to believe in yourself. If it was the day before the fight and Dillian got sick, for example, and Dave was seriously offered the fight, why wouldn’t we take the fight?
‘Do I think David is ready to fight for a world title right now? No, we are on the journey and it is all part of the process. If the opportunity arises at the last minute and we are fit, of course we would take it. It’s a win-win situation.
Adeleye continued: ‘That camp was full of future world champions, the rounds there were good. I put up a picture that said ‘I bet you wish you were a fly on the wall’. And she wasn’t lying: every time the match ended, everyone applauded, as if to stay: “wow, good rounds.”
And that’s for everyone: Parker, Bakole, Miller, David Nyika. All the big boys. You can only imagine how it is, the camp is full of pride.
Adeleye and Greaves remain poised and ready, but it is Healey on Saturday who is their current focus.
As he moves towards a British title shot, which they believe can be achieved by the end of the year, with Nathan Gorman, Fabio Wardley and Kash Ali named as potential opponents.
Adeleye and Greaves are now working out in the gym having completed their eight week camp.
Both also believe there is only one winner when it comes to this weekend’s main event, with Adeleye insisting: ‘I’ve seen the man in action! He is where he is for a reason. And Greaves says, “There’s nothing Dillian is going to do that Tyson hasn’t faced in camp.”
To those on the outside, who exactly Fury is can often seem like a mystery: His tone, temperament and opinions can fluctuate from day to day, interview to interview.
But having spent several camps training alongside the Gypsy King, Adeleye has seen behind the mask. “I look at him like a big brother,” she said.
‘In camp you talk, you ask certain questions and I never stopped thinking that I should have asked this or that. I can text him or call him and ask him anything, sit there and talk to him.
‘He’s great, man. Tyson will sit in a room with other people and you will not know that he is the champion. He is humble. He is just kidding, he has no ego or a chip on his shoulder. It’s like sitting with one of the guys.
Advice from someone as successful as Fury can only be beneficial at this stage of Adeleye’s career, but the young fighter already has a smart head on his shoulders.
Adeleye graduated from the University of Wolverhampton with a degree in Business Administration.
Staying in education until the age of 21, when she graduated from the University of Wolverhampton with a degree in Business Administration, Adeleye is already planning her life after boxing, with business, investment and getting out of the sport as healthy as possible. your priorities.
But so is creating a legacy inside the ring: ‘I’ll be recognized for being crazy!’ he tells him about how he wants to be remembered. ‘Someone who took all the fights, dangerous in the ring, willing to let his hands go. I’m going to be known for being a very good fighter.’
It all depends on the outcome of Saturday night’s fight, though, in a fight for which his father will be ringside, a fight his mother will be too nervous to watch live.
However, if his boxing once again proves on par with his manifestation skills, he’ll be able to safely watch another featured knockout soon after, while Adeleye sticks around to watch the main event unfold.