Sunny Edwards and Ross Murray both expect their upcoming fight to be the toughest of their careers so far when the pair clash in an all-MTK Global Monday-night bout.
The super-flyweight Battle of Britain will take place on a Frank Warren-promoted charity bill in aid of DEBRA at the Grange Hotel in St Paul’s, London early next week.
Croydon’s Edwards (5-0) and Glaswegian Murray (6-0) will put their undefeated records on the line in a WBO European title fight as the rivals do battle for their first pro belt over 10 rounds.
“I’m absolutely made up with the opportunity,” said 21-year-old Edwards. “I think this is a good stepping stone and the first of many titles as I climb up the ladder.
“I’m looking forward to having my first proper fight against an unbeaten fighter, who’ll come in with clear ambition to try and win.
“I’ve always been interested in domestic fights because they’re the fights I looked at most growing up. You can’t really beat a good domestic fight and I’m hoping it’s a good one against Ross Murray.
“I think he’s going to be a live opponent because he’s tough and strong so it should be a good fight.” added the former ABA Elite champion, who trains out of the Steel City Gym under his old amateur coach Grant Smith.
Meanwhile, 35-year-old Murray believes he is ready for his “hardest fight to date”, having come through a seven-week training camp where he sparred against three-time Olympian Paddy Barnes ahead of his victory in Belfast last weekend.
“It’s been a good camp,” said Murray. “Just before this camp started I actually linked up with a new trainer, Craig Dixon. I’ve been training with him and some good sparring partners, including Paddy Barnes before his fight last week, so it’s been a good camp and everything’s been on point.
“It’s obviously going to be my hardest fight to date,” continued the Scot. “We both have a couple of common opponents and similar records.
“I know a bit about Sunny with his amateur pedigree and you’re always kind of keeping an eye on folk around this weight class – who’s there and who’s up and coming. I’m expecting a tough and competitive fight.”