Pressure off Chris Edwards

There is just over a week to go until Chris Edwards, Stokeís British super-flyweight champion, defends his title for the first time against English titleholder Andy Bell. Last December Edwards became the first man to bring the coveted Lonsdale belt back to Stoke for 85 years when he defeated Jamie McDonnell on points at Wiganís Robin Park Stadium..

As Edwards puts the finishing touches to his preparations at Impact Boxingís Fenton gym he reports that he is feeling relaxed:

ďMy training couldnít have gone better,Ē said Edwards. ďIím getting used to preparing for big fights now and Iím feeling better than Iíve ever felt before. This will be the third time that Iíve fought for a British title and on both previous occasions Iíve had to go the distance so I have no worries about going twelve rounds now.Ē

ďI think that it gives me an advantage over Any Bell who will be doing twelve rounds for the first time, particularly since Iím known for coming into my own during the later rounds.Ē

ďBellís a big lad and will be a lot heavier than me on the night but so was McDonnell and Bellís lost to McDonnell twice in his career. Also Iím used to boxing bigger lads, Iíve had to fight them through most of my career.Ē

ďIím not taking anything for granted though; Bell is a tough lad and can be awkward so Iíve been sparring the likes of Scott Lawton who is tall and rangy like Bell but who has also fought at the top level.Ē

ďIím not feeling any pressure this time either. After getting a draw and coming so close against Dale Robinson I felt under a bit of pressure when I fought McDonnell but now Iíve won the title I have already written my name into the history books and I no longer have anything to prove. Bell will want to win the title to prove himself but heís got to take it away from me and Iím not ready to give it up yet so all the stress is on him.Ē

ďTogether with Lindon my trainer and Scott (Lawton) Iíve worked out a strategy for Bell and because Iím relaxed itís going to be a lot easier to stick to the game plan. In boxing nothingís certain but I feel confident going in to this one.Ē

The fight takes place on 28th March at Barnsleyís Metrodome Leisure Centre on a Sky Sports televised card, the event being promoted by Frank Maloney. Tickets priced £35 and £70 are available from Imapct Boxing on 0845 156 7168 and free coach travel from Stoke has also been arranged.

Article posted on 17.03.2008

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