Charlie Edwards Counting The Days To His WBC World Flyweight Title Fight
By Jonathan Oxley
Charlie Edwards is counting down the days until he fights Christofer Rosales for the WBC World flyweight Title on December 22nd on the undercard of Dillian Whyte vs Derek Chisora at London’s O2 arena.
The likeable English flyweight has come on leaps and bounds since being stopped in previous title fight against John Riel Casimero in 2016. Edwards was stopped in the 10th round of that fight despite pushing the champion hard, it was felt at the time that the fight was too soon for the young flyweight, however, many gave him plaudits for just how good a showing he gave in a fight that he had stepped up in levels very quickly.
The class that Edwards, a former Olympic Bronze medallist, showed following defeat has led many fans to follow the young fighter’s career, he was gracious in defeat and has since put together a string of five consecutive wins, his last outing was an impressive knockout win over Anthony Nelson in the 3rd round of their fight earlier this year.
Edwards now has the momentum to challenge again at World level and feels it is now finally his time to become World flyweight Champion.
Edwards said “I won’t be wasting this opportunity. I’ve come on a lot since the Casimero defeat, I can’t wait to step up to that level again. I’m heading into this fight with the experience of already challenging for a world title and that will benefit me greatly. My first shot at a World title was a huge gamble but this time I’m ready and I’ll be bringing that belt home with me. I’m in this sport to take on the best and December 22 will be my first World title win of many.”
“This is a great fight and huge opportunity for Charlie to win the WBC title,” said Edwards’ Manager Eddie Hearn. “We saw Rosales’ devastating KO over Paddy Barnes this summer and he has become an impressive Champion. Charlie will have the London crowd behind him as he looks to make history on a huge night of boxing.”
It had been thought previously that Edwards was trying to force an all U.K. title fight with WBA World super-flyweight Champion, Kal Yafai, the pair having previously had a couple of angry-looking exchanges in the lead up to previous fights.
Edwards has now gone down the WBC title route having stepped back down to flyweight and is looking then to fight Yafai if he wins against Rosales in December in what many will see as a huge draw for U.K. fans.
This is likely to be a very close fight, Rosales is the much more experienced professional, however Edwards is the younger, fresher fighter and has great momentum coming in to the fight, Rosales is certainly also developing as an outstanding fighter and has also recently claimed a very impressive 4th round stoppage over Irish Olympian Paddy Barnes, in which he looked outstanding.
Personally, I think Edwards has an excellent jab and exceptionally quick hand speed, it will be a very tough ask but I think he will come through this challenge and win his first of many World titles on the 22nd of December.