Elgin Amateur Boxer Fraser Edwards crowned Scottish champion
CHRISTMAS as a two-time Scottish champion is the best present for Keith boxer Fraser Edwards.
The 21-year-old landed a second 69kg elite novice title on Saturday at the Jonesys Boxing Club in Falkirk.
He beat Galashiels boxer Aqueel Aziz on a split decision following a close three-round contest.
Edwards, who fights with Elgin Amateur Boxing Club, edged the decision 3-2 from the five judges.
He said: “It was a close fight and tough fight. I started fast and took the first round but he came out all guns blazing in the second round and tried to turn it into a scrap.
“I tried to stick to my boxing and keep him at distance. I think I took the third round with my aggression.”
Edwards had to wait for his title decider after rattling off three early round wins at Ravenscraig at the end of November. However, there were so many competitors in the weight division the eliminators could not be completed at that time.
“I went offshore for three weeks after that so they had to accommodate me,” added Edwards, who is a mechanical technician.
The offshore trip allowed him to carry on training, closely following a programme from coach Paul ‘Ratch’ Gordon.
“He knows what I need to work on to make sure I didn’t take my finger off the pulse ,” added Edwards.
Gordon has entered his young charge in the Intermediate Scottish Championships, which are for boxers with up to 14 fights, which will take place at the end of January.
Edwards added: “I go offshore again on December 27 and then get back on the Friday the weekend before the championships, so I will have eight days to prepare in the gym with my coach.
“I feel confident and training is going very well. I just need to keep pushing myself. I will have a couple of nights out but I won’t go wild as my boxing is more important at the moment.”