Boxing: Chris Edwards to defend Commonwealth title on Haye-Audley fight night
CHRIS Edwards, Fenton's Commonwealth flyweight champion, will be in the spotlight on arguably the biggest night in British boxing history.
Edwards will be putting his title on the line at Manchester's MEN Arena on the night of David Haye's grudge match with Audley Harrison for the WBA heavyweight title.
All 20,000 tickets have already sold out for the November 13 spectacular, and Sky Sports are expecting record pay-per-view figures for a show that could generate more money than any other fight in British history.
The 34-year-old Edwards can't wait to get back into the ring to defend the title he claimed at Fenton Manor in February by out-pointing tough-as-they-come Namibian Abmerk Shindjuu.
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Edwards, pictured below, will be taking on Ashley Sexton from Cheshunt, but reckons he is too tough and experienced for his challenger.
"This is my eighth 12-round fight and Sexton's second," said the pint-sized puncher. "He could have done with a few more fights before challenging me.
"I know he likes to be an entertainer and has been saying he's going to blow me away, but I don't get stopped and he's going to get a shock when he gets into the ring with me.
"I'm planning to defend my title and then watch David Haye keep his title. He's good for boxing."
Edwards and Sexton both have a rematch with British boss Shinny Bayaar in their sights.
Twelve months ago, Edwards controversially lost his British belt to Bayaar on a split points decision, and the Oldham-based Mongolian went on to make his first defence against Sexton in May.
They fought out a gruelling 12-round draw, and while most ringsiders thought Bayaar deserved the verdict, Sexton proved he could dig deep over the championship course.
Known as 'Flash Ash', English champion Sexton is a brash, confident chatterbox who has taken a very different route to next month's clash than his opponent. Edwards has turned his career around after losing six of his first seven fights, while Sexton has been better protected in his 10-fight career.
"He's been well looked after," said Edwards. "He's had nobodies brought in for him to beat, while I've had to fight anybody and everybody, and I've fought them all in their own backyard.
"I've come through it to become a champion."
Meanwhile, Cellarhead ace Scott Lawton is being lined up for a big-money 'Prizefighter' punch-up.
Lawton, the 34-year-old former English lightweight champion who has been inactive since suffering a three-round defeat by Leva Kirakosyan for the vacant European super-featherweight title in February, looks set to be among the eight boxers in the line-up for the super-featherweight 'Prizefighter' on Saturday, November 20.
The winner of three, three-round fights on the night at the York Hall in Bethnal Green will claim a £32,000 prize.
Promoters Matchroom will confirm the full line-up in the coming weeks, with Welsh brawler Gary Buckland and former title-challengers Kevin O'Hara and Stevie Bell expected to be included.