Edwards: I'll give Satchell war
Flyweight clash promises to be a thriller in Liverpool
By Adam Norman - Twitter @SkySportsNorm. Last Updated: August 10, 2012 12:19pm
Chris Edwards has promised a war with Kevin Satchell in their flyweight unification fight at the Echo Arena in Liverpool on October 13.
The British champion will take on the newly-crowned Commonwealth title holder in his 10th championship fight at the age of 36.
"I train like a dog so I'm going to be ready. It's my 10th 12-round fight so I'll be ready.
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And it is that vast experience that Edwards hopes will help sway the outcome in his favour against a youngster taking part in only his ninth professional fight.
Satchell stopped Paul Edwards in the 10th round to win his strap earlier this year but the other Edwards says the 23 year old can expect a much tougher assignment this time.
"He's got me in his face for 12 rounds throwing a thousand punches so it's going to be a big difference for him," said the man from Stoke.
"I was expecting Paul to win on points but I was surprised, he didn't seem to want it at all really.
"It's going to be continuous pressure, and 12-rounds guaranteed fitness-wise. I train like a dog so I'm going to be ready. It's my 10th 12-round fight so I'll be ready.
"I'm not going to give it up easily, I'll give him a war and hopefully make it six times British champion.
"I'm always in the gym, looking after myself. My hunger's always going to be there until whenever, if I look after myself I'm going to carry on and give everything I've got when I'm in there."
While Edwards has turned his career around after a slow start, the likeable Satchell has carried all before him so far and dominated Paul Edwards in his first 12-rounder in May.
He knows the Stoke veteran represents a sterner test but is confident he's ready to go the championship distance.
"I feel a lot more confident and more comfortable, I've got nothing to worry about when it comes to the fight now I've got the rounds under my belt," he said.
"Chris is a lot more experienced. With Paul I thought he'd be harder to hit. But Chris is a lot fitter than Paul is and he's got all that history, he knows everything so there's good things and bad things about this fight."
Satchell will have a height advantage over Edwards and he freely admits the flyweight limit of 8st is not an easy one to meet.
"I didn't feel bad at the weigh-in and it didn't show in the ring because I did my diet perfectly the way we planned," he said of his previous fight.
"They were saying I looked gaunt and I could see on the cameras I looked skinny round the waist, but the next day I put 13lb on so I'm not a natural flyweight - I've just got the commitment and dedication.
"I'll be at this weight for quite a bit but we only plan to have a few more fights. Hopefully if everything goes the way we want, we'll be where we want to be and then we can start again at a heavier weight.
"The British title is the one that we all want. I can't wait, to fight for it is good enough but to win it would be amazing."