There was a high profile bout last night on the undercard of Frank Maloney Promotions' Jamie Moore - Sebastian Lujan headliner and the torrid rematch between Chris Edwards and Dale Robinson for the vacant British and Commonwealth Flyweight crowns ended up being the contest of the evening.
These two little guys went at each other like two starving dogs fighting over a steak, fighting not only each other but also the referee and ringside physician as both men were severely cut over the eyes midway through the contest.
Edwards and Robinson had clashed before and it was a highly contentious affair for the English title last November with Impact Boxing's journeyman from Stoke shocking the British fight fraternity by gutting out a close win over Robinson.
Going into the rematch, former Commonwealth Champion and IBO title challenger Robinson was favored to come out on top, with many predicting that Edwards wouldn't be able to surprise the more aware Huddersfield man this time out.
As the clash began, the pundits looked to be right as Robinson's higher grade experience was showing through. The English titlist was largely targeting Robinson's body, but in the process was eating a lot of sharp jabs and hard rights.
As the bout wore on, Edwards began to catch up with Robinson and things seemed to be grinding down to a slugfest. Robinson was busier and more accurate but Edwards was throwing the bigger, more eye-catching shots.
By the sixth the the punishment doled out by both fighters began to show as each were cut above an eye. Robinson seemed to handle the distraction better and remained the cool customer, bossing Edwards for the remainder of the frame.
Edwards suffers another laceration above the eye in the eighth and this time the ringside physician has a look but clears the pint sized warrior to continue. The added injury has spurred on Edwards as the Potteries man turns on the pressure and begins to back Robinson up.
It's Robinson's turn to be examined by the doctor in the next frame and it looks as if the contest is close to being called. While Edwards stalks his rival, Robinson mostly tries to give his injury time to heal but does seem to be the one distracted now when the two do enter into exchanges.
At this point Edwards is sweeping through a spent looking Robinson, hammering right hands at will off the head but the Yorkshire man begins to pick his spots and makes Edwards pay on occasion for his aggression.
By the last round both fighters are streaming blood and let everything loose in an explosive finish to this fight of the year candidate. The fighters are near exhaustion by the time the bell rings to end the struggle.
The scorecards are read and the judges produce results of 114-114, 113-115 and 115-113 for a draw.
Despite the humble record of 10-12-3 (3), Chris Edwards has proven that he's no journeyman. Dale Robinson once again comes close in his quest for a major title and sees his record to 19-3-2 (9).