Following his sensational first round technical knockout victory over Badou Jack in February, super-middleweight contender Derek Edwards is now in a position where can begin to think about a world title possibility in the near future.
The 34 year-old was hand-picked by Jack’s team at Mayweather Promotions to be a warm-up for the Swedish-born fighter’s WBC title eliminator against Briton James DeGale in the summer, but upset the applecart by blowing the previously unbeaten contender away in just 61 seconds.
Edwards, who has 14 KO’s from his 27 wins, believes Jack was guilty of taking his eye off the WBC title prize when they clash, and the American is hopeful the win can open some big doors for him going forward.
“I definitely believe that Badou Jack overlooked me, as If he had known this fight would have destroyed his opportunity to fight Degale, he would not have dared fought me,” Edwards declared in an exclusive interview with World Boxing News.
“Personally, I don’t know whether that win now means I will be avoided as you would have to ask the contenders and champions in my weight division, but there has been quite a few interesting offers since then. Right now, it is just a matter of choosing the right one that is best for my career.”
One of those options could be taking Jack’s place in that final eliminator for the green belt against DeGale, possibly in the UK, although Edwards sees the fight making more sense happening Stateside.
“A fight with James DeGale is something I would dive at if the opportunity came. He appears to be a decent boxer, but I believe it would be a bigger fight here in the U.S due to the coverage,” said Edwards.
One eyebrow-raising decision made by the WBC recently was placing Julio Cesar Chavez Jr at the number one spot in the division immediately following his move up from middleweight, something that Edwards believes is no surprise.
“It’s interesting that Chavez would be placed in the top ten immediately by the WBC, but that is the nature of our sport right now.”
Chavez has been linked to a fight somewhere between 160 and 168 against the formidable Gennady Golovkin in the coming months, a move that Edwards thinks could be a mistake for the Mexican so soon after his switch to super-middleweight.
“If Chavez stays away from the blunts he should be just fine, but if his sparring session with Golovkin is any indicator, then I’m not so sure,” he added.
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