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Sunny Edwards insists he can prove he is not all bark by putting down old dog Moruti Mthalane tonight.
The London flyweight challenges for the IBF crown against the heavy handed South African veteran in just his 15th professional fight.
Edwards, 25, is the big underdog against the 38-year-old, who has lost just twice in 41 bouts and is ironically nicknamed Babyface, at York Hall.
He hasn't been afraid to talk up his abilities on social media and isn't afraid to take on trolls after 15 wins.
But dog breeder Edwards, who has two American Bullies known as Kilo and Duchess, is ready to prove he hasn't bitten off more than he can chew.
He said: “Hopefully I show I've got the bite to put the old dog down. A lot of people have tried that are bigger and badder than me.
“I believed in myself for a long, long time now.
“I've always said I belong up at world level. It might be sooner than people think but you have to prove yourself by fighting the best.
“I'm fighting the No 1 at the weight. We will find out if it is was a masterstroke or a horrible idea.
“I don't think I've bitten more than I can chew. I rate myself up there with the best of them and this is my time to prove it.”
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Edwards has courted controversy on social media and isn't afraid to tackle trolls who abuse him.
“I have my way that I deal with people who are nice to me and who disrespect me and do the same in the boxing world on social media,” he said.
“It's good business to have people who strongly support you and are strongly against you. It's the only way you generate income, especially at my weight.
“I box in arguably the least desirable weight class. I know if I win there will be wave, waves of support and if I lose there will be more ready to criticise.
“I like splitting opinions, I like people discussing what I'm doing. I was always controversial.
“At school I would always ask the awkward questions to the teachers.”
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In Mthalane, Edwards is facing a fighter who has been in with the best in the division and potentially one of the most underrated world champions but he may be heading past his own sell by date.
This is a real step up for the British challenger who is looking to follow his brother, Charlie, in becoming a world flyweight champion.
Liam and Callum Smith are the only other British brothers who have both won world titles.
And he has added motivation after the recent arrival of his second son, Bobby, recently.
“I've still been able to get in my sleep, no night feeds for me yet,” he added.
“I'll have to catch up after the fight, I'll get plenty in before the pubs reopen fully.
“My mum and dad worked really hard to give me, my brother and my sister a good life and everything we needed growing up.
“I'm just trying to get a nice foundation so I can give my kids a good life too.”
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