Sunny Edwards: I’ve the intention to harm Muhammad Waseem – bust him up

Fleet-footed slickster Sunny Edwards will put his IBF flyweight title on the road for the second time when he faces Muhammad Waseem on the Responsibility Free Tennis Stadium in Dubai on Saturday.

Edwards, who’s rated No. 3 by The Ring at 112 kilos, has his ordinary air of confidence heading into this combat.

“I sparred Waseem eight rounds,” Edwards (17-0, 4 knockouts) informed The Ring. “I wasn’t taking boxing too significantly at that time. Once I sparred him, I wasn’t 70-percent of what I’m now. I’ve developed and matured. My confidence, my strategy, the [seriousness with which] I take fights, how I food regimen, all the pieces is totally different.”

Edwards drove the 4 hours from his Sheffield base to Glasgow for the session.

“I jumped straight right into a boxing ring and handed him his arse,” he stated, pulling no punches. “All of the onlookers together with his coach, Danny Vaughan, pulled me apart a number of days later and stated I gave them goose bumps with what I can do in a boxing ring.

“I’ve walked into conversations different fighters have had with my brother, saying they’ve seen Waseem do lots of of rounds and never as soon as have they seen anybody batter him like I battered him. In a 14-foot ring, with a steel bar in entrance of his face, I punched his head in all places. I’ve received a number of confidence from that. I pieced him up.”

The 26-year-old had hoped to face WBC counterpart Julio Cesar Martinez, however that was placed on ice when the Mexican stepped as much as junior bantamweight for an unsuccessful problem in opposition to the legendary “Chocolatito” Gonzalez.

Edwards’ crew moved shortly and secured a combat with Waseem, and former discord between the 2 has given him an additional edge.

“I envision stopping this child, I imagine I can, and have the intention to harm him – bust him up,” stated Edwards ominously. “He stated he’d beat me and my brother on the identical evening.

“All this being stated, he turned the combat down twice. I’m glad, as a result of per week earlier than I accepted the [IBF flyweight title fight against] Moruti [Mthalane], I accepted the Waseem combat. I’m getting over 5 occasions the quantity for what I’d have boxed him for then.”

All going effectively, Edwards reaffirmed that his intentions to push forward with a unification combat in opposition to Martinez.

“I don’t suppose there’s one other profitable combat like me for Martinez as a flyweight,” he stated. “The buildup, with him beating three or 4 British fighters, lots of people know him on these shores, historical past with my brother.

“They don’t need the combat. One factor Eddie [Hearn] can’t abdomen is me going over there, robbing the financial institution with the belts, and smiling my little goofy enamel all the way in which again to the outlet I got here from.”

Waseem turned skilled in 2015. The Pakistani-born fighter moved shortly and turned again the problem of the-then unbeaten Giemel Magramo (UD 12).

In simply his eighth outing, he narrowly misplaced to Mthalane (UD 12) for the vacant IBF 112-pound title. Since then, the 34-year-old has received 4 fights to take his document to 12-1 (8 KOs).




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