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Edwards too strong for game Ahmed

Chris Edwards
Edwards has won 13 of his 28 fights

Chris Edwards retained his British and Commonwealth flyweight titles with a unanimous points win over Usman Ahmed.

Stoke-on-Trent boxer Edwards dominated from the off against an opponent blessed with a superb chin and plenty of heart but limited power.

Ahmed, who had never gone beyond six rounds prior to the fight, repeatedly looked on the verge of going down.

But he hung in gamely, though the cards reflected Edwards' dominance with the judges scoring it 118-109 (2), 117-111.

With a clear strength advantage, Edwards walked through the punches of an opponent with no knockouts to his name, repeatedly forcing Ahmed into desperate defence on the ropes in the opening two rounds.

Ahmed's early tactics were clearly to try a Muhammad Ali-style rope-a-dope approach, even waving the punches on with his guard down.

However, by the middle rounds it was clear that an Ahmed revival was unlikely as Edwards' dominance turned into outright bullying of a flagging opponent.

Ahmed, with a record of five wins from just seven professional fights going into the contest, showed admirable heart and a solid chin as he took a number of punches flush on the chin.

In return, the man from Derby threw enough to quash any thoughts of being retired by the referee, though his punches lacked the power to force Edwards into a backwards step.

Edwards was docked a point in the eighth for punching after the call to break, an inconvenience he shrugged off by immediately piling forward again.

Rounds nine and 10 saw Edwards continually coming forward, Ahmed appearing out on his feet until a late rally roused his supporters.

And with Edwards himself tiring Ahmed enjoyed some success in the 11th, landing clean shots of his own until Edwards stopped him in his tracks with a stiff right.

The final round saw Ahmed somehow hold on to deservedly finish the fight, though there was to be no revenge for the defeat he suffered to Edwards on his professional debut in 2006.

Edwards, who first fought in 1998, improved his record to 13-13-3, though it is worth noting that six of those defeats came in his first seven fights and only one was in his last eight.



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