'Are you ready to die?'

MURRAY GREIG, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:47 AM ET

Christopher Henry has been a professional fighter for 15 years and counts five former or future world champions on his 24-19 record.

Yesterday, he made it clear he doesn't expect Edmonton's Kris Andrews to ever come close to matching any of those numbers.

"I have to ask you straight out: Are you ready to die?" the 36-year-old Henry sneered at Andrews during a media conference to outline tomorrow night's six-bout Back To Business card at the Shaw Conference Centre.

Their nine-round bout for the World Boxing Assocation's vacant FedeCaribe junior middleweight title is the headliner.

"I've got nearly as many knockouts (18) as this kid has had fights, so when I ask him if he's ready to die, I mean it ... this could be his last one," said Henry, who hails from Bridgetown, Barbados.

"This isn't anything new for me, coming into the other guy's backyard and punching his lights out. I've done it lots of times. All the pressure is on him."

The flip side of Henry's 18 KOs in 24 victories is that his 19 losses include 10 stoppages.

Andrews figures that makes the Barbadian a relatively easy opponent to read.

"With guys like him, it's all or nothing," said Andrews (12-8-2, 3 KOs), who at six-foot-two will enjoy a two-inch height advantage.

"And let's face it, he's 36 years old. There's no way he'll be able to match the kind of pace I plan on setting.

"For me, this is a dream fight ... a big step up. Becoming the first Canadian to win a WBA FedeCaribe championship will open a lot of doors.

"Being a six-two southpaw is already kinda freakish, but for a Canadian to win a Caribbean title is just crazy."

The semi-main event, for the WBA Canada cruiserweight crown, will feature ex-Canadian Boxing Federation champ Ryan Henney of Saskatoon (11-3) against Winnipeg's Kareem Chartrand (7-5-1).

"This show is perfectly named, because my business is fighting and I've been itching to get back to it since last summer," said Henney, who tore a rotator cuff in losing his title to Ontario's Frank White.

"I'm not using the injury as an excuse ... but that fight wasn't close to what I'm capable of," said Henney. "I want to show Edmonton that I'm back with a bang. Once I take care of Chartrand, we'll get down to taking care of business with White again, too."


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