Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Lawton backs Edwards against Ahmed

SCOTT LAWTON predicts Impact Boxing stable mate Chris Edwards will topple Usman Ahmed in eight rounds later this month. Edwards (12-13-3) risks his British and Commonwealth flyweight title against Britain's tiniest fight in his hometown at Stoke-on-Trent's Fenton Manor Sports Complex on May 29. Lawton said: "It's a hard fight, but one I fully expect Chris to win.
"He's in good shape and has got his weight down. He's been sparring hard and fully expects Ahmed to come at him. I predict Chris will win in the eighth round." Edwards, 33, outpointed Ahmed (5-1-1) on his Derby rival's debut in September 2006 but the challenger has remained unbeaten ever since. Lawton (26-4-1) is one of the show's co-promoters and faces Welshman Gary Buckland (15-1) in an eliminator for the British light-welterweight title. And he is delighted to get another chance to impress in Stoke when Sky Sports visit the Potteries and broadcasy the card live. Lawton, 32, is backing the crowd to roar him towards a crack at domestic champion Paul McCloskey and added: "All of us Stoke boxers love fighting here because the crowd is always behind you. "They always give you that extra push, especially in the late rounds when your body is tired and create a massive atmosphere." Fighting on home soil certainly lifts Edwards. He has boxed eight times in his hometown and won on seven occasions. An eliminator for the British super-featherweight title on the same bill sees Dewsbury's Gary Sykes (11-0) square off with Manchester's big ticket seller Anthony Crolla (13-1), in what promise to be a fierce ten rounder. Ireland's Olympic bronze medallist Darren Sutherland (2-0) continues his march to the top of the super-middleweight division on the same bill.

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