CHARLIE EDWARDS has had only eight fights in his professional career. In his ninth, on September 10 at the O2 Arena on the Gennady Golovkin-Kell Brook undercard, he’ll challenge John Riel Casimero for the IBF flyweight world championship.
Casimero, 22-3 (14), knocked out Amnat Ruenroeng in May to win the title. For Edwards, who picked up the English belt last year, it’s an astonishing rise to world level.
Charlie was an accomplished amateur, winning a European bronze medal and two ABA national championships. He won a place on the GB squad and came close to qualifying for the 2012 Olympics when he was only a teenager. He suffered further heartbreak when he claimed the England flyweight spot at the 2014 Commonwealth Games but lost to Scotland’s inspired Reece McFadden. But he is convinced, despite his limited professional experience, he will come into his own when he faces Casimero in September.