In this Q&A world class trainer and BoxingScene.com contributor Stephen “Breadman” Edwards discusses the futures of two of his fighters who suffered recent losses. (photo by Ryan Hafey)
Former unified super welterweight champion Julian “J Rock” Williams was upset by Vladimir Hernandez on October 9th and Kyrone Davis lost to David Benavidez on November 13th in a fight he took on short notice above his natural weight class of 160 pounds.
BoxingScene.com: Kyrone Davis has fought as a super middleweight in his last 3 fights. Will he be fighting at 160 in next fight?
Stephen Edwards: Yes sir. That is the plan but you can't talk in absolute terms in boxing. Anything can change at any given moment.
BoxingScene.com: What has he showed you fighting in a higher weight class that isn’t advantageous for him?
Stephen Edwards: Ky can fight at 168. He showed me a lot versus Dirrell. For David Benavidez, we had 17 days to train. That's a tough task on 8 weeks. 2 1/2 weeks is super tough. David is a tremendous fighter. He's going to be on the pound-for-pound list some day. But Kyrone can fight. He just needs to lock in and show the world what I already know.
At 160 he's super strong for opponents but obviously it's harder to make weight. So there are pros and cons. I just want 6 to 8 weeks to get ready for our next fight. People think Kyrone can't punch because he doesn't have alot of KOs. But he can punch hard enough trust me. He's fast and strong. He's going to be a player at 160. I want a big name. Someone who fought for a world title or an ex-champion level fighter.
BoxingScene.com: What went working with Julian Williams against Hernandez and what are his future plans?
Stephen Edwards: Julian has to clear up a few things, then hopefully he gets back in the ring by the spring. I thought he started well in his fight, but he didn't close out like he normally does. Honestly, I don't know what happened because he was super sharp for the first 5 or 6 rounds. He didn't look rusty but rust shows up in many forms. Maybe he was rusty as far as handling fatigue. Hernandez was tough and he didn't stop trying. Nevertheless, I'm looking forward to finding out exactly what went wrong and seeing if we can fix it. One nice win and Jrock is back in the picture.
BoxingScene.con: I also would like to get your thoughts on the Crawford-Porter result?
Stephen Edwards: The result, I mean Crawford won in a really good fight. Both he and Shawn showed elite level stuff. I really enjoyed the fight and the skill level they showed. Shawn fought great. That was actually the best I've ever seen him look. But credit to Crawford for still getting a convincing win even though Shawn fought so well.
BoxingScene.con: Who do you want to see Crawford fight next?
Stephen Edwards: I don't like playing matchmaker with other guy's careers publicly. So whoever Crawford wants.
BoxingScene.com: Now for the great debate. Pound for Pound, who’s #1? Canelo or Crawford?
Stephen Edwards: Flip a coin. Call them 1a and 1b. It's really that close in my opinion.
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