Leon Edward has authoritatively said he will humble Welterweight Champion, Kamaru Usman stating the Nigerian arrogance as his reason.
Seven years ago, the young Leon Edward lost to the Nigerian Nightmare of UFC but will be trusting his ability to defeat the welterweight champion.
According to BBC Sports, the 30-year-old is ready to dethrone Kamaru from his Champion throne.
“I can see straight through him,” said Edwards as quoted by BBC Sport.
“He’s being himself and has done great things, but I do feel he’s losing himself a little bit.
“It’s not personal for me, I believe I’m number one but it’s [fame] clearly getting to his head. I’m going to humble you Saturday night.”
The 35-year-old Nigerian is on a 19 fight winning streak and he is ranked the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world.
Edward has also been unbeaten since he lost to Usman, winning 9 of his 10 fights with the last one being designated as a ‘no contest’.
“If I was him I’d come out and try and wrestle, but I think he’ll try and strike. He’s fallen in love with it and that’s natural, but I’m leaps ahead of him when it comes to striking,” he said.
“Skillset-wise he has improved, he’s shown in his fights he’s comfortable on his feet. But we’re both two different fighters to what we were seven years ago.
“I’ve grown leaps and bounds and Saturday night I’ll show that.”
Kanaru Usman’s achievement is above par, with the fighter expected to star in the new Black Panther.
He is also rooting to fight a boxing match against Cancelo Alvarez.
Edwards acknowledges the feat Usman has achieved but he feels the fame is getting to him.
“He’s another black man doing good stuff, I know we’re going to fight but I’m not a hater,” he said.
“But every press conference he’s dressed in the ‘how to be arrogant’ style pack,”
“I’ve seen it time and time before. The fame has got to him.”
The Briton fighter says he is not concerned about the weight and recognition of being a champion.
“I’m going in with the mindset of being a champion, it’s been a long road for me to get here,” he said.
“My aim is to go out there, provide for my family and I truly believe I’m number one. We’ll see Saturday night.”