FightPost Boxer of the Week: Charlie Edwards
By Michael Richards
Boxer of the week is a real tough pick this week, with so many stand out performances, especially on these shores. With Eddie Hearn and Frank Warren both promoting major cards in the same night, there was a hope that we would be spoilt and that turned out to be the case. Josh Warrington was exceptional in defending his IBF belt against Carl Frampton, Liam Williams destructively dispatched Mark Heffron and Dillian Whyte savagely knocked out Derek Chisora in a fight that surpassed their battle from two years ago. All three could have deservedly walked away with the honour this week, however there was one more performance that was just as exceptional and surpassed all three for emotion.
I sat in the O2 Arena just over two years ago and saw John Riel Casimero put on a masterclass against a very inexperienced and immature Charlie Edwards. I wondered if he would ever be good enough to share a ring with the champions at that weight or he was destined to fight at British and European level for the length of his career.
On Saturday night he found himself in the same position once again, this time Cristofer Rosales the opposition and his WBC belt the prize. Rosales has an exceptional knock out percentage for a flyweight, emphasising the power he has, which Paddy Barnes found out last time out.
It was evident from early on they Edwards is a different proposition now, boxing superbly well behind his jab and picking the right opportunities to land flashy combinations. Rosales was busy throughout, pressuring Edwards, which caused a cut to open up on his scalp in the 7th Round. Rosales was relentless and continued the pressure into the latter rounds.
Edwards hugely impressed with how he dealt with the onslaughts from the champion, still managing the produce the better work throughout. The evident emotion when his hand was raised highlighted not only what it means to take home the greatest belt in boxing, but also the sense of pride he felt in his achievement all in the name of his mother, who was sat ringside. Reading about the severe health problems she has gone through, it’s easy to understand why so many tears were shed in the immediate aftermath.
Charlie Edwards has now risen to the top of the flyweight rankings, from being outside the top ten pre fight. He’s the only British boxer to hold the converted green and gold belt. More importantly the victory has proven the importance of persistence and experience. In this case, Big Time Charlie has a different meaning and is highly deserved.