WBO European super-flyweight champion Sunny Edwards admits the experienced Ryan Farrag presents the first genuine threat to his unbeaten professional record.
The fight headlines the MTK Global show at London’s York Hall on October 26 – live on BoxNation.
Although there has been plenty of negativity between the pair on social media, Edwards (8-0-KO3) is under no illusion as to the step up in facing former English, British and European champion Farrag (19-3-KO5).
Edwards said: “Even though I don’t like the man, I respect him. He’s had a good career and has been a European champion.
“A lot of his wins weren’t proper fights. He hasn’t got proper wins on his record but neither have I. This is my first professional fight in my eyes. These are the sort of fights I came into the game for.
“It’s a good level of fight and I think that’s proven by the fact it’s headlining York Hall live on BoxNation.
“It’s definitely a significant step up for me but it’s well within my capabilities. I’m expecting a tough opponent but how tough of a night it is will be down to me and the style and tactics I use.
“I’ve been in with him in sparring. I know sparring is different but I did two six-round spars with him last year and I’ve only improved since then. I believe I’ve got his number. I think he’s way over the hill now.”
Edwards vs. Farrag tops another stacked card at the home of British boxing with the likes of the unbeaten Johnny Coyle, world-ranked Michael McKinson, promising bantamweight Neslan Machado and elite Kazakh amateurs Sultan Zaurbek and Azhbenov Nurtas in action.
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