By Elliot Foster
Chris Edwards has died at the age of 41.
The former British and Commonwealth champion was Stoke-on-Trent's most successful boxer and won his first British and Commonwealth flyweight titles in 2009.
The man who fought at both flyweight and super-flyweight had a professional record of 17 wins with 15 losses and four draws.
Mick Carney, Edwards' former manager, said he was "a boxing legend" and added Stoke had lost "a true boxing great".
He rose to prominence in 2006 when he was first crowned English flyweight champion, before becoming super-flyweight British champion the following year.
Edwards won a Lonsdale belt outright in 2011 but called time on his 14-year career in 2012 when he lost the British flyweight title to Kevin Satchell at Liverpool's ECHO Arena.
Tributes to the fighter poured in across social media when the news of his sudden passing was revealed.
According to some reports, the boxer suffered a suspected heart attack.
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Italian Aureliano Bolognesi has passed away at the age of 87 in his hometown Genua.. He won Olympic Gold medal in the 1952 Games and was known as an outstanding boxer who outboxed his opponents and he called himself "the Artist of the Ring".
According to some sources he only lost one of 141 amateur fights.
Bolognesi turned pro in 1954 but was forced to retire in 1956 due to an injury after a somewhat disappointing career with a record of 17-2-2 but he remained in boxing as a coach. A deeply religious man he also had a passion for poetry.