Super flyweight Sunny Edwards has signed a contract extension with Queensberry Promotions as he proceeds with his push towards world level, starting with the defence of his European title against Portuguese-boxer Pedro Matos at The SSE Arena, Wembley on April 27th.
The Croydon man, who is managed by MTK Global, has seen himself join the ‘who needs him’ club domestically in recent times with many of his fellow countryman not willing to step up and fight the 23-year-old.
But Edwards still hasn’t given up on his quest to find a worthy challenger and will continue his search at a lighter division.
“I’ve been boxing at super flyweight when I’m actually a natural flyweight, I’ve spoken to my management team MTK Global and we’re looking to campaign at flyweight. I’m not small for super flyweight but by no means am I big at the weight.”
“Ideally, I would like some domestic names on my record but can’t see them happening anytime too soon- we looked at the Jay Harris fight but he’s now going for the European title.
“We also looked at Tommy Frank, he’s just won the commonwealth and I thought it would make sense with the British title vacant, he brings his Commonwealth and I bring my WBO International and European titles. We tried making that, he wasn’t interested.
“There is also Paddy Barnes, but he isn’t going to fight me.
“The annoying thing about these fighters are that they’re too content on taking these four or six rounders for too long for my liking. I was only 3 and 0 and I was asking to be pushed towards title fights.”
23-year-old Edwards currently holds the WBO European super flyweight title, winning the belt by knocking out Ross Murray in the 4th round of their contest, then successfully defended the title when he put on a classy performance to defeat former EBU European champ, Ryan Farrag.
Sunny added the WBO International super flyweight title in December 2018 when he soundly beat tough Mexican, Junior Granados, a win which ranks him at number 8 in the world- and the steel city gym fighter would have no issue with stepping up towards the big boys of the division.
“On my day, I can mix it with anyone around my weight in the world. Not saying I can beat them, but I know I can put in a good account of myself.
“There’s a reason why I’ve been called to be sparring partner multiple times for world champions. I have proved that I can mix it in there with them and it’s competitive.
“I really want to build my experience with different situations, different sort of opponents and push for fighting in different countries.”
Danish heavyweight Kem Ljungquist (7-0, 5 KOs) will meet Dominik Musil (3-1, 2 KOs) in an eight-round contest on May 4 at the Fraport Arena in Frankfurt.
The 28 year-old was scheduled to face Musil on January 19 in Struer, but a sparring injury forced the Czech fighter to withdraw, leaving Ljungquist to fight late replacement Boldizsar Balazs Czagler, who he stopped inside a round.
Now 7-0, the hard-hitting southpaw is expecting a sterner test from Musil, who he hopes will provide him with some valuable rounds, as he targets a big fight on June 22 at the Forum Horsens when Team Sauerland return to Denmark.
“I’m really looking forward to getting back in the ring," said the Copenhagen boxer. "It's only been a couple of months since my last fight, but it feels like a ages ago, so I'm very eager to fight someone.
“Musil is a tough, durable opponent. He’s never been stopped before, which is exciting for me. I think he’s the best I’ve faced so far, so I’m looking forward to the step up, and maybe he can be the first opponent to take me eight rounds."
Ljungquist is fighting in Germany for the fourth-time in his career following victories over Andre Bunga, Igor Mihaljevic and Revaz Karelishvili, and has vowed to deliver an 'explosive' fight for the fans in Frankfurt.
“I enjoy fighting in Germany very much,” he says. “I’ve always spent a lot of time in Germany at training camps, and I feel very at home there. I will come in the best possible shape, and make sure I deliver an explosive fight!”
If successful, Ljungquist will be back in action on June 22 on the undercard of Dina Thorslund's WBO Female World Super Bantamweight title defence against April Adams, where he can expect another significant step up in class.
“I will not look past my opponent," he says. "Dominik Musil has my full attention, but of course, I want a big fight in Horsens, and I have complete faith in Team Sauerland to select the right opponent to get me to the next level."
MTK Global is delighted to confirm it will co-promote Lolenga Mock’s IBA world title fight in Denmark in association with The Colosseum.
The legendary Mock seeks revenge on Mateo Damian Veron in his hometown of Aarhus on May 18 on a show that will see MTK Global working with local promoter Mohammad F. Tehrani and his company.
MTK Global President Bob Yalen said: “We are hugely proud to be branching into Scandinavian territory for the first time and relish this initial venture with Mohammad F. Tehrani and The Colosseum.
“We are also immensely honoured to work with someone of Lolenga’s stature - not just in boxing terms but in human terms - so it’s fitting we head into this with him fighting on the bill.
“As much as this could be a fond farewell from Danish boxing fans to one of its heroes, it’s also very much a ‘hello’ from us to Denmark and the whole of Scandinavia.
“As we look to establish ourselves in the region more firmly, our message to Scandinavian fighters is simple and transparent: We are here to help build your individual careers and boxing in your continent as a whole.”
Tehrani added: “It’s an honour for me to cooperate with such a huge worldwide promotion and management group as MTK Global. Together, I think we can make great shows and events in Denmark.
“If we take good care of the young boxers who are the future of our sport, and with the right resources and promotion, I believe boxing can regain the popularity it had during its peak in Denmark.
“With regards to Mock, he is a role model for not only young boxers in Denmark, but around the world. He lives the life of a clean athlete, and with that sets a great example for kids and young people who want to become boxers.”
Scandinavia has enjoyed huge success in the sport both historically and since the turn of the millennium.
Swedish heavyweight Ingemar Johansson famously knocked down Floyd Patterson seven times on his way to the world title in 1959 and more recently, Denmark’s Mikkel Kessler and Sweden’s Badou Jack have also claimed world titles.