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Sunny Edwards claims first pro title, pushing for huge 2018

Ringside 28/11/2017

Sunny Edwards is looking forward to a massive 2018 after claiming his first professional title with a stoppage victory over Ross Murray in London on Monday night.

Former Team GB amateur star Edwards (6-0) picked up the WBO European super-flyweight title with an impressive fourth-round stoppage against Glasgow’s Edwards in an all-MTK Global battle on a Frank Warren charity fight night in aid of DEBRA.

The 21-year-old Croydon native is already looking ahead to even bigger fights next year as he plans to campaign for a British title shot at flyweight in the new year.

“It was a step up in terms of opponent and the hardest fight yet when you look at who I’ve fought,” said Edwards on his win over the previously undefeated Murray (6-1). “I weighed in just above the flyweight limit, so really it was my second fight at flyweight and I’ve stopped both opponents. I feel strong at the weight and I was buzzing with my performance.”

“There was pressure on in a sense, but these are the fights I live for and I really enjoy. These are the days you grow up dreaming about and getting my first title is a massive step.”

“Obviously I’ve got the world ranking now at super-flyweight, but I’m a flyweight really so I’m looking to compete at domestic level and clean up over the next year because I think that’s the best way to make your name and it’s what the fans want to see.”

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Edwards has some big names in his sights with fellow MTK star and two-time Olympic medallist Paddy Barnes, British champion Andrew Selby and Commonwealth title holder Jay Harris all on his hit-list for 2018.

“There’s three names I’d be interested in fighting,” said Edwards. “Paddy Barnes is a fantastic fighter, a three-time Olympian. Then you’ve got Andrew Selby, a brilliant boxer who I’ve looked up and I’m friends with, but he’s the British champion and unless he vacates it I have to go for it. They’re the best two at flyweight, domestically.”

“Then Jay Harris is someone else I’d be interested in fighting domestically. He’s a good fighter and I respect him, but I’d like to fight him and I want that tobe for a meaningful title.”

“I think I’ve got a big 2018 ahead,” added Edwards. “I’m in this game to fight the best.”