Boxing: Edwards one win away from big European fight night
CHRIS Edwards has been handed a massive incentive to win next month's big fight in Liverpool.
Edwards defends his British flyweight title while opponent Kevin Satchell puts his Commonwealth belt on the line in a double title dust up in front of the BoxNation cameras on Saturday, October 13.
David Price defends his British and Commonwealth heavyweight titles against Audley Harrison on the same show at the Echo Arena, while Shane McPhilbin and Jon-Lewis Dickinson square up for the domestic cruiser-weight strap.
Edwards, right, who claimed a Lonsdale belt outright last December, is also a former Commonwealth champion and looks to be on the brink of stepping up to European-title level.
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Robert Smith, the General Secretary of the British Boxing Board of Control, has pledged to write to the European Boxing Union asking that the Fenton ace is made number one contender for the European title if he beats Satchell.
Silvio Olteanu, a Romanian based in Spain, currently holds the belt, and both Edwards and Satchell are rated in the top 10.
"I've been in the top 10 for a long time and it's only a matter of time before he fights me," said the 36-year-old.
"He's been boxing lads who are ranked below me, but if I'm ranked one he will have to fight me or give up the belt.
"I've proved I'm the best in Britain and the Commonwealth, and think I am ready to box for the European title."
Before that can happen, Edwards has to reclaim the Commonwealth title he vacated last year, and to do that he has to overcome Satchell, a 23-year-old from Liverpool who is unbeaten in eight fights.
Satchell won national titles as an amateur and has made smooth progress in the professional ranks by upsetting Martin Power and then claiming the vacant Commonwealth belt with a 10-round win over Paul Edwards in May.
Before that fight, Satchell had never weighed less than 8st 3lbs, so Edwards reckons his size, work rate and big-fight know-how will decide their 12-round scrap in his favour.
He explained: "He's tall for the weight, around 5ft 6ins, and I think he will struggle to make eight stones.
"From what I've seen, he's well organised, has a good defence and throws punches from all angles.
"I'm going to pressure him from the start and tire him out. I've got to stay close to him and throw lots of punches.
"I've been doing more strength work and think I can hurt him."
Satchell will have the backing of his home crowd, but Edward's trainer, Lindon Newbon, said: "We don't care if the fight is in Liverpool or Timbuktu. Chris has seen it all before.
"Satchell has talent, but this is a massive step up for him."