Chris Edwards open to Wilton and Conlan fights
By Jonny Stapleton
British Flyweight champion Chris Edwards wants to defend his crown against Luke Wilton, but is also open to fighting ’Winky’s’ city rival Jamie Conlan.
Both Conlan and Wilton have been eager to secure a domestic title tilt for the last 12
months. However neither was given the chance to become Lord of the Flys despite actively seeking bouts with the domestic champions and even struggled to secure any fights of note.
Indeed so frustrated with the lack of opportunities were the Belfast pair, that they came close to fighting each other.
However, both now face an out of ring battle to move into Edwards pole, as the champion revealed he is willing to put his title on the line against either.
The 36 year old, who has lost 14 of his 34 fights, is keen to make his next defence, but is still without a venue, a date or opponent.
He revealed he has personally told Wilton to get it made, but also expressed an openness to defend against Irish prospect of the Year Conlan.
Edwards also hinted promoter Frank Maloney’s favouritism towards Liverpool fighters has hampered the Irish flyweights title chances.
“I would fight either Jamie or Luke. I never turned a fight down in my career anyone anywhere. I have spoken to Luke myself and I told him let’s get it on. He needs get in touch with the board and such and get things sorted,” Edwards told Mirror Sport.
“I don’t know much about either fighter to be honest. I am aware of their records, but that’s it. At present I am waiting for a date to defend my British title. The sooner the better, you always get messed about in this sport, and promoters always have there favourite boxer.”
“Frank Maloney likes to look after his Liverpool lads, but I always go out there and win, regardless of who I have to face.”