Boxing: 'Can't box, will fight,' says champ Edwards
CHRIS Edwards heads into tomorrow's British title defence admitting: "I can't box."
Edwards makes a second defence of his flyweight belt against Shinny Bayaar at the Bolton Arena and the pint-sized puncher from Fenton admits there is nothing scientific about the tactics that have taken him to the top.
ADMISSION: Fenton boxer Chris Edwards goes into the defence of his title tomorrow night admitting he can't box.
He said: "I can't box and I think everyone knows that.
"It's all about aggression, fitness and heart with me.
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"I don't want to have a boxing match, because I won't win.
"All I've got is aggression, fitness and heart and they have got me this far.
"Who knows how much further I can go?"
The European title – the vacant belt will be contested by Christophe Rodrigues and Andrea Sarritzu next month – looks to be next for Edwards, if he can beat Bayaar, but the all-action 33-year-old knows he goes into the 12-round fight as the underdog.
Frank Maloney, promoter, even admits he would have steered Edwards clear of Bayaar if he possibly could have done, because the Oldham-based puncher is a much-avoided danger man.
Bayaar was born in Mongolia and was only this year granted British citizenship.
Like Edwards, he has had to take on bigger fighters throughout his nine-year career and there are a couple of impressive knock-outs in an 18-fight record that shows 13 wins.
He flattened Reidar Walstad, a Norwegian who went on to last the 12-round distance in a European super-bantamweight title fight against Bernard Dunne, and also knocked-out former Commonwealth Games gold medallist Andrew Singh-Kooner.
Adding to Edwards's problems is the fact there is no footage of Bayaar on the internet, because his fights have been at small shows that were not filmed.
Edwards said: "I only know what he looks like because I met him at a press conference.
"I've seen his build and I've spoken to people about him.
"I'm told he's aggressive, so it should be an entertaining fight.
"I know this will be a step up for me.
"Frank didn't want me to fight him, but I'm not giving up my British title without a fight."
Jack Doughty, 32-year-old Bayaar's manager, said: "People seem to think this will be easy for Shinny, but there's no way we are taking Edwards lightly.
"Anyone who can turn their career around the way he has and beaten a top-class boxer like Dale Robinson is a good fighter who should be respected."
Stoke City fan Edwards lost six of his first seven professional fights, before putting together the run of victories that led to his British title – and his target now is to secure a Lonsdale belt outright.
He needs to make two more British title defences to achieve that.
Edwards won the British and Commonwealth belts with a four-round thrashing of Wayne Bloy at Fenton Manor in January and, four months later, kept both titles with a points win over Usman Ahmed.
His Commonwealth title will not be at stake tomorrow, but it seems likely he will be stripped of the belt if he is beaten by Bayaar.