UK Boxing: Sam Maxwell; Charlie Edwards; Troy Williamson
Unbeaten super-lightweight Sam Maxwell has outlined some lofty ambitions as he prepares to close out 2018 on the Josh Warrington vs. Carl Frampton card.
The former Team GB star (9-0-KO7) has made eye-catching progress since turning professional and feels ready for the big domestic names of the 140lb-division.
Maxwell said: “I see myself ready to break into the top tier. I think there are a few names there that I feel more than ready to step in the ring with so I’m just waiting for my chance.
“I’d love to fight Akeem Ennis Brown for the IBF European super-lightweight title and I believe 100% I’d walk out of that the ring with that belt around my waist.
“I’ve had a great year boxing on these massive shows but next year I want the big fights – title fights. I’m ready. I’ve got a great set-up, a great team and I’ve got the talent. So it’s got to be my time now.
“I feel like I’ve been improving on everything with my coach Danny Vaughan. I feel like I am a better fighter all round now. A lot of people are saying they can see noticeable improvements, which is always good to hear.
“I’ve fought on some massive shows. This will be my third time on a Frampton show and it’s the biggest yet. I realise how luck my I am to get on these shows but next year I’m hoping to be further up the card in a big fight of my own.”
Also on a stellar card on Saturday night – live on BT Sport Box Office – is Liam Williams vs. Mark Heffron for the British middleweight title plus Billy Joe Saunders, Michael Conlan, Paddy Barnes, Troy Williamson and more.
Charlie Edwards believes he and his brother Sunny are set to reign supreme in the flyweight division as the Klitschko brothers did at heavyweight.
Edwards (13-1-KO6) takes on Cristofer Rosales for the WBC world title at The O2 on Saturday – live on Sky Sports – and with Sunny having added the WBO International to the WBO European crown, the future looks bright for the Surrey siblings.
Charlie Edwards said: “Sunny and I have been pushing each other on and egging each other on all the time. We are going to be like mini-Klitschkos.
“Like the Klitschkos, Sunny and I will never fight each other. Our bond is far too strong for that to happen. We’ll just both take whatever opportunities come our way.
“I’m feeling so good coming into this fight. This is the best I’ve ever made the weigh – I’ve done it very, very comfortably.
“I believe Rosales will be very fit and strong but I’ve seen his style before in the amateurs and I just believe I have the boxing brain and skills to get the better of him when that bell goes.
“I plan to become a world champion on Saturday night and then in 2019, I want to unify the division.”
In addition to Edwards challenging Rosales, popular Liverpool heavyweight David Price heads back into battle against Tom Little.
Unbeaten middleweight Troy Williamson will be determined to catch the eye on the Josh Warrington vs. Carl Frampton undercard as he bids to book title shots in 2019.
The Darlington star (7-0-1-KO5) was held to a controversial draw with Jack Flatley last time out but returns to the Manchester Arena looking to round off an impressive year.
Williamson said: “All that’s stopping me mixing it from the top guys in the division at the minute is experience.
“I’m more than capable of holding my own and beating most of the top guys in the division so it’s about getting a few more bouts under my belt and then chasing titles next year.
“Next year, I want those straps. I want to be in the mix with these big fighters and bringing titles back to Darlington.
“I can’t wait for Saturday night. It’s another huge platform on which I can showcase my skills.
“I don’t stop improving. You never stop learning. Once you do, it’s time to get out of the game. I’ve been tightening up my defence and punching in bunches. I’m looking to show how hungry I am on Saturday night.
“My perfect 2019 would be to end it unbeaten with a title to my name. Titles open doors and earn opportunities. I want everybody to know who ‘The Trojan’ is by the end of next year.”