Feature | Aug 20 2019

Charlie Edwards: ‘I’m maturing into an elite world champion’

Charlie Edwards knows just how tough his August 31 world title defence will be. He speaks in depth with Matt Bevan
Charlie Edwards
Charlie Edwards had to face his demons after a crushing loss Mark Robinson/Matchroom

CHARLIE EDWARDS’ climb to the summit of boxing has been fraught with danger. He’s taken risks but last December he completed his ascent and raised his arms to the sound of his name being announced as the new world champion.

The 26-year-old left the O2 Arena that night with the WBC flyweight title around his waist and a new legion of fans eagerly anticipating his next move. Edwards subsequently defended his belt in March, a straight-forward unanimous decision win over Angel Moreno, but on August 31 promises to be a whole different proposition.

Edwards will defend his most prized possession against his mandatory challenger, Julio Cesar Martinez Aguilar. The uncompromising Mexican earned his shot by dispatching Edwards’ former amateur rival, the highly touted Welshman Andrew Selby in five rounds and will have no qualms about travelling to London to take on Edwards.