07.04.07 - Stoke based flyweight, Chris Edwards is scheduled to challenge for the vacant British and Commonwealth titles at Altrincham Leisure Centre on 13th April. As Edwards put the finishing touches to his preparations for his rematch with Dale Robinson he spoke about the forthcoming bout. “I’m better prepared than I have ever been before and I’m really pleased with the way that my training has gone,” said Edwards..
“This is the biggest fight of my career and I’m determined to produce the performance of my life so that I can come home to Stoke with those two belts.”
“When I boxed Dale last November I was the underdog by a wide margin and if you compare our records he should be starting as the favourite again next Friday. That’s fine with me because I’m not feeling any pressure, the onus is on him to reverse the result from last time.”
“I think Dale and his team underestimated me last time; he said he was going to stop me then and he’s said the same this time. Well, I caused an upset then and I know I can do it again.”
“I’m sure he won’t be underestimating me this time; I’m the only man that’s ever stopped him and he won’t want that to happen again. I understand that he’s taking this fight seriously and that he’s training harder this time but so am I so I’ll be fitter and stronger this time too.”
“I was surprised by Dale last time, I thought he would be a much tougher opponent. This time I expect him to cover up more and defend better. I also expect him to vary his shots more and give me a lot more to think about this time.”
“I was on form in November and felt very sharp, that’s why I beat him. I am feeling very fit now and relaxed about the contest so I expect to be equally sharp on Friday night.”
“I’ve taken time off work for the first time to prepare for a fight and my employer has been brilliant. I’ve also done a lot more sparring this time and with much heavier lads. I know that Dale won’t be as strong as some off the lads that I’ve been sparring with but I gather he’s been sparring bigger lads too. That should mean that we are both up for it and I expect us to put on a great show for the fans.”
“I’m focused on Friday night and I’m not thinking beyond that until I get my work done in the ring. It’s felt great being the English champion and I know that the feeling will be even better if I win the British and Commonwealth belts. I’m not taking anything for granted, I know I will have to be on top form to beat Dale again.”
Edwards has completed his training now and will spend the next week recharging his batteries. His next scheduled appointment is the weigh-in which takes place on Thursday at the Thistle Hotel at Manchester Airport. Meanwhile Potteries’ promoters Impact Boxing are preparing for their next event that will comprise of six bouts and will take place on 12th May at Stoke’s Fenton Manor.