Charlie Edwards records points win after 18-month hiatus
Former WBC World flyweight champion Charlie Edwards (18-1, 7KO) was back in the ring last night, June 9, at the Bowlers Exhibition Centre in Manchester on a Vicious Promotions show, where he recorded a shutout points victory (60-54) over six-rounds against Argentinian Darwin Martinez (8-10-2, 6KO). The seven-fight event was promoted by Kieran Farrell.
Trainer Joe Gallagher shared news of the victory on Twitter, "Finally back in the ring with a win tonight in Manchester. Onto the next one!"
Edwards' teammate Josh Holmes (11-0, 4KO) boxed on the same show scoring his fourth career KO after three consecutive right hands landed heavily on winning fighter Dean Dodge (9-5-1, 3KO).
Charlie's younger brother Sunny Edwards (19-0, 4KO) fights tonight on June 10, live on DAZN, against Andres ‘Chilean Crocodile’ Campos (15-0, 4KO) in what will be a fourth IBF World flyweight title defence. The siblings have a somewhat tumultuos relationship where recently Charlie even called Sunny out.
Since his third-round knockout defeat to Julio Cesar Martinez in 2019, which was promptly changed to a No Contest due to being hit with a body shot whilst already down on one knee, Edwards had only fought twice in almost four years prior to his June 2023 comeback.
Speaking to Boxing Social before his latest fight, 30-year-old Edwards said, "I'm feeling good, I'm feeling great. Funny thing is I've prepared for this fight for a year and a half. I've been in the gym week in-week out, day in-day out, and preparing with frustration, so I'm really looking forward to getting back in the ring and to put on a good performance."
Edwards has boxed in nearly every big arena in the UK, including the O2 Arena in North Greenwich six times, but his 19th contest took place in much humbler surroundings.
"It's on a smaller hall show," Charlie continued. "Go out there and enjoy it, do what I've been working on in the gym; I've come on leaps and bounds since I've last been in the ring, so I feel like I've levelled up massively, feel I've got a lot stronger, and now all there is to do is walk the walk and move on to bigger things.
"I believe that no fighter is too big to fight on any show. The problem is in this day and age people have got too much ego, people way say no to be active and to be busy because they think they are on a pedastal above themselves and deserve to be on the big fight shows. Yes, you put in the hard work, you become a world champion, yes I deserve to be on the big fight shows, but I'm not gonna let my ego and allow others opinion to stop me from progressing in my career."
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