Emperor Edwards gets Southern Area shot; Leon McKenzie debuts on Trail of Destruction card

Menay 'The Emperor' Edwards (10-2) had frustration turn to excitement in the lead up to his first ten rounder on 29th June, and now faces come-backing former Southern Area light-heavyweight champ JJ Ojuederie (14-8-1) for the cruiserweright version of the BBBoC strap.

The Crayford cruiser was originally down to fight Welsh southpaw Hari Miles for the British Masters title on Steve Goodwin's 'Trail of Destruction' York Hall bill. Goodwin claims he agreed terms with Miles’ manager Carl Greaves, but Miles took to Twitter to reveal he wasn't going through with the fight as he wasn't being paid enough.

“It's just a lame excuse from a boxer that spends his life insulting other boxers and calling them out claiming he is the most avoided cruiserweight in Britain", said Edwards.

"He spent months insulting Tony Conquest, others and me. I want the boxing world to know this Miles is a total fraud and a coward. I don’t ever want to read or hear him disrespecting other boxers again. He is a disgrace to the profession and he is the one running and doing the avoiding. What warrior vacates the only thing he has ever won or is ever likely to?

“Miles being a coward has turned to my advantage. JJ Ojuederie is a credit to the sport and I am looking forward to the challenge.”

The undercard features the debut of former Norwich City striker Leon McKenzie, who will compete at super-middleweight and has a fine pedigree, with father Clinton a former British and European champion while uncle Duke was world champion at fly and bantamweight.

Since finishing his football career, Leon, 35, has battled depression, and in Feburary last year received a six month prison sentence for sending bogus letters to avoid speeding convictions.

After turning things around through boxing, McKenzie is proud to fight at the York Hall. He said: “There is a sentimental feeling involved because my Dad made his professional debut there. I have been training really hard for a number of months now and hopefully people will respect my ability to box.”

'The Rematch' features former British title challenger Michael Lomax (19-5) against former Commonwealth champion Bradley Pryce (33-13) over eight rounds. Welshman Pryce won their first encounter on home soil(points, 75-79), and Lomax, from Chingford, East London, wants revenge.

Sparks are expected to fly when Brentwood's 'Smoking' Joe Mullender (4-0), who has stopped his last two opponents, takes on former Southern Area champion Gary Boulden (7-8-2) over eight rounds.

Disgraced Hackney heavyweight Larry Olubamiwo is expecting to make his return on the bill, after having his four year doping ban reduced by UK Anti-Doping for 'helping them with their enquiries'. Olubamiwo is down to take part in a six round International contest.

Exciting heavyweight prospect Dominic Akinlade makes his debut, as does light-welterweight 'Showstar' Sohail Ahmad, who has been working with former Prizefighter champion Yassine el Maachi.

Promoter Steve Gooodwin said: "The Edwards v Ojuederie, Mullender v Boulden and Lomax v Pryce clashes are all well-matched fights where predicting the winner is not easy. This is what the Goodwin shows are about - bringing top quality fights where you do not know who is going to win.  Value and excitement."

Tickets are available at £100 VIP Reserved ringside (including free private bar) £60 reserved ringside and £35 unreserved. Tickets at www.goodwinpromotions.co.uk or 01525 851150.

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