Boxing: Chris Edwards relives six of his best fights
November 24, 2006
EDWARDS v DALE ROBINSON
English flyweight title, King's Hall, Stoke
"THIS fight was the turning point of my career," said Chris Edwards. "I had told my girlfriend that I would call it a day if I lost."
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And Edwards had seemed destined to lose. Robinson had already held the Commonwealth title and challenged for IBO world honours, while Edwards' record showed more losses than wins.
"People in Stoke were saying it was a big test, a big step up for me," added Edwards, "but I gave him a right good hiding.
"I just bulldozed him until they threw the towel in during the eighth round.
"Nobody had ever stopped him before, and beating him the way I did gave me so much confidence and made me a better fighter."
April 13, 2007
EDWARDS v DALE ROBINSON British and Commonwealth flyweight titles, Altrincham
BEATING Robinson convinced boxing bosses Edwards was good enough to challenge for the British title.
Despite the best efforts of his former manager, Paul Dykes, Edwards had been rejected as a possible challenger for the Lonsdale belt three times.
When he finally got his chance he met Robinson again in a toe-to-toe thriller.
After 12 blood-splattered rounds of non-stop action, the three judges couldn't separate the boxers, who both needed stitches in eye injuries.
So bad were Robinson's wounds, that he never boxed again.
"It was a great fight," said Edwards, "and I still enjoy watching it now. I thought I won it – and so did the Sky Sports commentators.
"The British Boxing Board of Control named it runner-up in their fight-of-the year award and I went to London to pick up the trophy."
December 8, 2007
EDWARDS v JAMIE McDONNELL
British super-flyweight title, Wigan
IT WASN'T just Jamie McDonnell coming out of the opposite corner ... history was against Edwards as well.
Not since Tommy Harrison had claimed bantamweight honours back in 1922 had Stoke fight fans seen one of their own wear the Lonsdale belt.
"Jamie was the clear favourite," said Edwards, "but I bust his nose early on and just kept the pressure on.
"He tired a bit in the last few rounds, but I was still fit and strong."
Edwards won on points, and said: "It was a bit mad when I got back to Stoke. Nobody had ever seen a Lonsdale belt before and they all wanted to have their photo taken with it.
"I got to show off the belt at the Britannia Stadium before a Stoke City match as well, and that was a very proud moment for me too."
January 23, 2009
EDWARDS v WAYNE BLOY
British and Commonwealth flyweight titles, Fenton Manor Leisure Centre
"WHAT a brilliant night this was," recalls Edwards.
"I popped down the road, won the belts, and half-an-hour later I was back at home with my feet up and a cup of tea!"
Wayne Bloy never looked like wrecking Edwards' plans for a perfect Friday night in front of his own fans.
"I hurt him early on and he never recovered," added the Stoke scrapper. "I felt too big and strong for him."
Officially, Bloy retired after four rounds with a hand injury, but the truth was he had been overwhelmed by the sheer ferocity of Edwards' two-fisted attacks and his corner knew he didn't have a chance of winning.
June 11, 2011
EDWARDS v PAUL EDWARDS
British flyweight title, Liverpool
"THIS was another all-or-nothing fight for me," recalled Edwards. "I knew I had nowhere to go if I lost.
"I had seen Paul box before and knew it would be a tough, close fight. That's how it turned out."
Going into the last round, the fight was in the balance on the judges' scorecards.
"We both knew it was close and really went for it in the last round," said Edwards.
"We both threw loads of punches. Luckily, I threw more than him."
All three judges awarded the last round – and the fight – to Fenton's finest instead of home-town fighter Paul Edwards.
"After that I knew I only needed to make one defence and the Lonsdale belt would be mine to keep," added Chris Edwards. "That was my next target."
December 10, 2011
EDWARDS v SHINNY BAYAAR British flyweight title, Peterlee
THIS was the fight that gave Edwards the chance to right a wrong ... and claim that Lonsdale belt outright.
As with just about every other fight in his career, Edwards was again the underdog.
"Nobody ever wanted to box Shinny," he said.
"He's tough, strong and keeps coming no matter what you throw at him.
"He had beaten me on a split decision before when I didn't know what to expect from him.
"That night, I didn't even know he was a southpaw until I got in the ring with him. I made sure I was better prepared for the rematch.
"I did more strength work in the gym because I knew I had to push him back. I knew I couldn't let him settle.
"I got him on the back foot and never let him into the fight. That has to be one of the best fights of my career."
Edwards was a clear winner on all three judges' scorecards.
"I had brought the Lonsdale belt back to Stoke forever and that was phenomenal.
"The belt is on the top shelf in my living room at home, and the Commonwealth belt is on the shelf below it. That's not bad for a Jack-the-lad from Stoke."
Chris Edwards was interviewed by MATT BOZEAT