The Emporer tells Miles: You punch like a female
Menay 'The Emperor' Edwards is in his last four weeks of preparation before facing his first title shot when he tackles holder Hari 'H Bomb' Miles for the British Masters cruiserweight title on the Steve Goodwin promoted 'Trail of Destruction' show at York Hall, Bethnal Green on Saturday 29th June.
Taking time out from training with Derek Grainger, Edwards discussed his upcoming title shot. “Things have gone great since signing with Steve Goodwin. In two fights I have moved from 22 in the country to number seven and now I have my first title shot.
“I do not normally have any animosity towards my opponent but Miles has a big mouth and I want to shut him up for good. He continually bad mouthed Tony Conquest on the social networks and then did the same to me.
"It's fair enough to do that when you have the talent to do so but he doesn’t. “I have beaten him once before on points but this time I will stop him. This will help him assume his rightful position as a last minute journeyman. I am doing boxing and boxers in general a favour by taking this fight and all I ask is he turns up.
"He calls himself H-Bomb but he punches like a female and has a bomb that cannot detonate, so I will defuse him once and for all on June 29th."
Edwards is part of a title top of the bill double header with Lee 'Banjo' Markham fighting for a British Masters title against Alistair Warren (Markham defeated Harry Matthews for this title on 5th April).
A fight worthy of top of the bill at many small hall shows sees 'The Rematch' which features former British title challenger Michael Lomax against former Commonwealth champion Bradley Pryce over eight rounds. Pryce won their first encounter in Wales and Lomax wants revenge. For Lomax he cannot afford another defeat. Lomax signed to the Goodwin team in 2013 and they are looking to bring him back to major title contention. However, this is a must-win fight for Michael if this is to happen as Pryce is still a force to be reckoned with.
What could be fight of the night sees 'Smoking' Joe Mullender (4-0) take on former Southern Area champion Gary Boulden over eight rounds. This will be one all out war and not to be missed.
The undercard features the debut of former professional footballer Leon McKenzie who competes at super-middleweight and the debuts of two exciting prospects light-welterweight 'Showstar' Sohail Ahmad and former amateur star Johnny Coyle. Some insiders have been raving about Ahmad who has been working with 'The Showman' Yassine El Maachi and is just as flamboyant.
Another potential barnstormer sees Southern Area super-featherweight champion Michael 'Chunky' Devine take on Belarusian banger Andrei Hramyka (10-6-2). Hramyka has won nine of his ten victories inside the distance and Devine is a fast improving fighter who is looking for another title shot in October.
The Goodwins have been very active in the heavyweight division and currently promote five big men. Their latest acquisition Dominic Akinlade from Brixton make his professional debut.
Former Southern Area title challenger Kris Agyei-Dua make his first appearance since dislocating his shoulder in a challenger last December and is looking for another title shot before the end of 2013 but first he must negotiate a tricky six round comeback fight. Former Olympian Isaac Dogboe makes his UK debut in a four round lightweight clash.
The exciting Alan Higgins (5-0) has his sixth pro outing against tough Kieran Gray. Higgins hopes for a title shot in the new season but must overcome Gray to secure this. Diego Burton (super-middleweight) and Myley Cash (middleweight) complete the exciting card. So far, both have four round contests against opposition to be named. Goodwin is expecting to name one last attraction in the middle of June.
The Goodwin team brings fantastic value to small hall boxing - evenly matched bouts offering value and excitement. Tickets are available at £100 VIP reserved ringside (including free private bar), £60 reserved ringside and £35 unreserved. Tickets at www.goodwinpromotions.co.uk or 01525 851150