Feature | Dec 26 2018

Charlie Edwards: ‘I never stopped believing’

There have been few more emotional scenes this year than when Charlie Edwards won his world title in the days before Christmas
Charlie Edwards
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THERE have been few more emotional scenes in the last year than Charlie Edwards winning a world title. At the O2 on Saturday (December 22) he outpointed strong Nicaraguan Cristopher Rosales. Charlie’s mother has been gravely ill and with tears in his eyes he dedicated the belt to her.

“I’ve dreamed about this from a young age. I give my sport absolutely everything, even through the ups and downs I never stopped believing,” Edwards said. “It really hurt when she [his mother] went through what she went through. I always promised her the belt. Even in the last world title fight [in 2016] and when I got beat in that, that broke me more than anything. But this time I just knew I was coming of age. It was a proud moment.”

Edwards boxed well. “I did feel comfortable in there. I thought he would punch a lot harder,” he said. “I think I gained his respect very quickly early on with a few shots but he was a very, very tough man and I did hit him with some good shots and he just kept coming. The main thing was sticking to the gameplan.