Former opponents Paul Edwards and Kevin Satchell have graciously given their reaction to the tragic news that two-weight British champion Chris Edwards has died at the age of just 41.
Former opponents Paul Edwards and Kevin Satchell have graciously given their reaction to the tragic news of two-weight British champion Chris Edwards.
The Liverpool men fought Edwards in 2011 and 2012 respectively, with Satchell being the last man to ever share a professional ring with one of Stoke’s finest.
Edwards was on the wrong end of a split decision, whilst Satchell managed to force a six-round stoppage (pictured below by Boxnation) – with both fights taking place in their hometown.
Commenting on the shock news WBN received in the early hours of Saturday morning, Edwards and Satchell admitted they were floored by the news.
“I am gutted. I got along great with Chris,” namesake Paul told World Boxing News.
“Before our fight and after our twelve round war, which was some fight, he was just a gentleman.
“I remember having a pint with him after our fight and he told me it would be his last. I am truly gutted.”
Satchell added: “Hearing about Chris Edwards sent shivers down my spine and I can’t believe this has happened.
“He was a lovely man and a credit to the sport, absolutely devastated to hear he’s passed away.”
Kieran Farrell, who saw his career cut short due to a brain injury, recalled training with Edwards before he was forced to turn his hand to promoting.
“This is so sad about Chris. I sparred many rounds with him in the lead up to him winning and defending his British title. He was a top human being.”
Having been a retired pro for six years, Edwards suffered what is believed to be a fatal heart attack with no signs of illness in the weeks prior to his untimely passing.
In a stellar domestic stint, Edwards won the English strap in 2006 before a career-best win over Jamie McDonnell for the British super-flyweight belt followed a year later.
Edwards became the first man from Stoke to claim a Lonsdale belt for 85 years with the win but lost it just three months on against Andy Bell.
Immediately heading back down to flyweight, his most comfortable weight class, Edwards won two bouts to become a two-weight British ruler before suffering a loss to Shinny Bayaar.
A four-fight winning streak followed as Edwards once again won the British belt, along with the Commonwealth version when avenging his defeat to Bayaar in 2011.
Phil Jay is Editor of World Boxing News. Follow on Twitter @PhilDJay