WBO European super-flyweight king Sunny Edwards is hoping an assured victory over Junior Granados sets up a British title shot in early 2019.
‘Showtime’ (9-0-KO3) successfully defended his belt by outpointing Ryan Farrag last time out and now turns his attention to facing powerful Mexican Grandados at the Brentwood Centre on Saturday – live on BT Sport.
With the prospect of challenging Jay Harris early next year providing extra motivation, Edwards said: “I’ll keep saying it – I want the British title. I want big domestic fights right now. I want Jay Harris for the British title.
“There’s also the possibility of facing the likes of Paddy Barnes and Andrew Selby. Selby is pushing for world titles and I’m not ready for that yet but when it happens, that’ll be a big fight.
“First I have to get through Granados, though. Stylistically, I think this is similar to the Ryan Farrag fight. It’s hard to gauge because British fighters get more exposure so I don’t know how much of a step up Granados is.
“Granados is obviously a hard puncher. I’m unsure if he’s better than Farrag but regardless, this is a step in the right direction for me.
“I had a good reception for the Farrag fight and I’m expecting another good one in Brentwood. There are so many Essex fighters I’ve fought alongside for many years, it should be a good atmosphere in there.”
Akeem Ennis Brown is fully enjoying the prelude to his WBO European super-lightweight title clash with Darragh Foley on Friday.
The unbeaten Gloucester youngster (11-0-KO1) heads for London’s York Hall to take on the Irishman – live on BoxNation – and is brimming with confidence ahead of his biggest test to date.
Brown said: “A lot of people said I should expect some trash talk. Whatever he brings to the table, I’m happy with that. It brings in more exposure.
“It’s exciting because I like fighting against characters. It builds things up. After this, I think fighting other characters like Tyrone McKenna, Lewis Benson and guys like that would help me get to where I want to get to.
“I know Darragh Foley is a good fighter but the better the opponent, the more it brings out in me. He’s done lots of things abroad. I’m taking him very seriously but I’m confident in my ability.
“By next year, if everything goes to plan, my perfect year would be having the British and Commonwealth titles. Hopefully I’ll be on my way to fighting for a world title. I want to move fast.
“I’m looking forward to Friday night first. Last time we went to York Hall we brought 120 people with us. My bunch will make it a good atmosphere. There’ll be energy and drums banging.”
Brown takes on Foley on a busy bill of boxing at the home of British boxing, with Larry Ekundayo defending his IBF European welterweight crown, a battle of two unbeaten fighters in Liam Wells vs. Rod Douglas and many more.
MTK Global is delighted to confirm the signing of former ABA champion Joseph Roswell.
The 19-year-old super-featherweight, who hails from Margate in Kent, also claimed the Haringey Box Cup before choosing to join the paid ranks.
Roswell said: “I’m delighted with this news. It was Golden Gloves Academy trainer Sammy Holloway who first suggested MTK Global and put me in touch.
“It soon became apparent to me that MTK Global have a boxer-friendly approach to management and already have a growing stable of boxers and champions across the globe.
“Looking at how influential a presence they are, I had no hesitation in signing the contracts and I can’t wait to start my professional career in 2019.
“I’ll be forever learning and climb and eventually I’ll be topping those rating boards with a belts – trust me. I have maximum respect for all those who step in the ring and I’m proud to join the professional game.”
MTK Global CEO Bob Yalen said: “On behalf of all of MTK Global I would like to welcome Joe to the team. We have high hopes we can help him fulfill his undoubted potential in the very tough super featherweight division and beyond.
“Signings like this prove how keen an eye our scouts keep on the emerging talents across the globe and we continue to establish ourselves as the first port of call for all such young prospects looking to turn professional.”