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Frank Maloney Boxing: Edwards Wants To KO Edwards

Paul Edwards is targeting a crack at his name sake, Commonwealth flyweight champion Chris Edwards this summer.

The Liverpool scrapper (6-0) moves up in class again when he tackles Abmerk Shindjuu (7-3-2) at Leigh Indoor Sports Centre on Friday March 19.

The Namibian narrowly lost on points to Chris in a vacant Commonwealth title fight last week and will test Paul's title credentials in their non-title eight rounder

Paul, 23, showed he was the real deal last month defeating former British super-flyweight champion Andy Bell.

Promoter Frank Maloney said: "Paul is getting better and better and comes from a top stable with quality trainers like George Vaughan. He showed against Bell just how fearless he is and if he wins this I will push for him to challenge Chris Edwards despite his relative inexperience."

Britain's eight stone division is the most exciting it has been for years with with Maloney also promoting domestic champion Shinny Bayaar and unbeaten Ashley Sexton.

Oldham based Mongolian Bayaar (14-4-1) took the British title from Chris Edwards last year and could make his first defence against Sexton this summer

Bayaar, 32, is unbeaten in four years and boxes a non-title eight rounder on the Leigh undercard which is being televised live on Sky Sports.

Maloney said: "Shinny is a class act and there could be a great series of battles between himself, Ashley and Paul over the next couple of years."

In an exciting top of the bill battle on the Leigh card Belfast's Martin Lindsay (15-0) risks his British featherweight title against in-form Welshman Jamie Arthur (16-2).

Other stars on the bill include Olympic bronze medallist David Price, Mark Moran, Karl Place, Rick Goddins and Kieran Farrell.

Tickets for are available for £35 and £80 ringside from 0871 226 1508 or www.frankmaloney.com

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