Fighter Of The Week: Charlie Edwards

The surrey UK native Charlie Edwards shocked the fight world back in December when he pulled a massive upset over the highly favored Cristofer Rosales. Edwards showed himself as a world-class fighter who could use the ring, as well as punch and adjust to everything an elite level offensive fighter like Rosales could offer up. Edwards showed that none of the high levels skills he demonstrated in the shocking Rosales upset were a fluke. The little man confirmed that he is indeed a world class fighter to be reckoned with. He handed his second masterful performance in just three months and joined the elite group of multiple fighter of the week award winners.

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The Golden Boy Angel Moreno was a well-respected ring veteran who was expected to pressure Edwards to offer some resistance and make the champ really work to keep his title. As the fight unfolded the clear difference in skills became abundantly clear. Edwards used blazing hand speed and excellent footwork to land at will and avoid Moreno’s limited return fire. The challenger repeatedly swung widely and miss badly while the champ would load up and land picture perfect counter shots. Moreno was ultimately reduced to a hopeless bull in a bull vs matador type setting. By the mid rounds, on the advice of his cornerman, the highly confident Edwards gave up the showboating antics and got back down to business. Turning the one-sided sparring session into a vicious beat down. Edwards was not just controlling the range with his sharp jab and excellent footwork but also landing thudding power shots to the head and body and vicious little upper cuts on the inside. The challenger proved to be tough but little else as he attempted to pick up the pace in the second half of the fight he ate even more power shots from the champ, one solid right hand in the eighth put Moreno on the canvas. Edwards remained in control and won every round on every scorecard taking a lopsided decision over Moreno by scores of 120-1-7 on all three cards.

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Edwards has not just established himself as a world-class fighter and perhaps the best flyweight in the world but also as a fan favorite and a massive draw in the UK. That combination is going to give the champ plenty of options at both 112 and beyond. While a rematch with Rosales is in high demand. there are two other big names in the undefeated Ukranian Artem Dalakian who currently holds the WBA title and undefeated WBO champ 23-year-old Kosei Tanaka would be perhaps the best fight that can be made in the division. The real mega fights would require Edwards to vacate his flyweight title and move up to challenge the likes of Srisaket Sor Rungvisai, Juan Carlos Estrada and of course an all UK showdown with 115 pound WBA kingpin Khalid Yafai. Luckily for fight fans this appears to be something Edwards is willing to do, saying “I am going to be a multi-weight world champion, mark my words,” in the post-fight interview.

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