Sheffield ready to shine in London boxing spotlight

Two Sheffield-trained fighters plan to gate-crash the party in London on Saturday night.


Sunny Edwards, based at the Steel City gym, and Roger Sampson-coached Shakiel Thompson are undercard performers on a Frank Warren bill at Wembley Arena.

For the more experienced Edwards and prospect Thompson, it will mean debut bouts in the 12,500 seat hall.

And both will be hoping to upstage the main event, Lerrone Richards v Tommy Langford for the Commonwealth and WBO International Super Middleweight title.

Thompson says it could be a night to remember for both locally-produced boxers.

He said he wanted to hi-jack the show: "I am going there hoping to get people talking about me because I am the stand-out (performer)" said the middleweight.

He is up against Nicaraguan journeyman Nelson Altamarino.

Steel City Gym boxer Sunny Edwards

"The plan is to get a couple of rounds in, but I know I am definitely going to stop him.

"It is my first fight under Frank Warren (five fights a year contract) and I have put the hard work and hours in at the gym  and am looking forward to it.

"Sunny is a friend, he's very, very talented and like his brother (Charlie) he is going to be a world champion.

"Like my style, Sunny is a very smart and slick, a tricky and slippery boxer. Together we should put on a good advert for the Sheffield in the show."

While Thompson, after just two fights is scheduled to go four rounds with a man on a horrible losing run, Edwards (W10-L0) has a 10-round task against Pedro Matos of Portugal, who has lost only once in eight fights.