15th June 2011
Chris Edwards is looking to win the Lonsdale belt outright by gaining revenge over old foe Shinny Bayaar. But could yet be forced to fight a rematch with Paul Edwards again.
Commonwealth champion Chris Edwards reclaimed his British flyweight title with a split-decision win over Scouser Paul Edwards in front of the Sky Sports cameras in Liverpool on Saturday.at Liverpool’s Olympia.
Chris took two of the judges cards 115-113 with the third giving it to scouser Paul 115-114.
Chris 35, spoke to Maloney Promotions after the fight to give his verdict on the fight and his performance. (above video)
Chris Edwards v Paul Edwards 2
|Chris Edwards – maloneypromotions|
The Stoke man hopes to make the belt his own by claiming a fourth British flyweight title victory with a successful defence of his crown.
The man standing in his way should be Bayaar, who is the mandatory challenger to the title he surrendered to Paul Edwards last December.
Chris Edwards, pictured below, who is also the reigning Commonwealth flyweight champion, is hoping to avenge the split-decision defeat he suffered to Bayaar in a British title scrap in 2009.
“At the moment the British Boxing Board of Control say Shinny is the mandatory challenger,” said Edwards, who earned his 16th win in 33 contests on Saturday.
“I think that fight can happen because Shinny only lost to Paul after getting a bad cut.
“Paul lost the title fair and square by a couple of rounds on Saturday, but I would fight him again.
“However, I’m really after Shinny because I don’t think I deserved to lose in our last fight, so I want a bit of revenge as well as trying to win the belt outright.”
Chris Edwards’s promoter, Frank Maloney, believes the commercial pressures imposed by television companies means the Potteries ace is most likely to face Paul Edwards again.
“Shinny is the mandatory challenger, but he doesn’t sell tickets,” said Maloney.
“To be fair, Chris isn’t the biggest ticket-seller either, but he has a hardcore of loyal fans.
“So we could have a rematch between Paul and Chris because their fight on Saturday had to be one of the best British flyweight fights I have ever seen.
“It’s all about politics, so we’ll have to sit down with everybody to deliver the best fight for the public.
“Chris will also have a mandatory defence of his Commonwealth title coming up, plus the English champion Ashley Sexton is also out there.
“But there is every chance Chris will soon be fighting for the European title, which could even happen in his next fight.”
Edwards, who is aiming to return to the ring in September, added: “Now I’m the British number one I should get a high ranking with the European Boxing Union and I could get a European shot after my next fight.
“Fighting at European level is quite a big jump, but I’ve beaten some tough opponents. I feel I can make the step up.”
courtesy of thisisstaffordshire.co.uk