Feature | Dec 08 2014

Charlie Edwards plots path to Zou Shiming

Matchroom’s latest signing Edwards will debut on the Anthony Joshua January 31 show, writes John Dennen
Charlie Edwards
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CHARLIE EDWARDS has joined Matchroom and will make his professional debut on the January 31 show at the O2, a bill topped by Anthony Joshua.

Small in stature he may be but Charlie has big ambitions. “If all goes well and I’m progressing really nicely and I go through domestic level, I’d love to fight and love to get in a ring with Zou Shiming. I’ve been round the amateurs and he was as top amateur,” Edwards told Boxing News. Shiming is a two-time Olympic gold medallist and now a massive draw in China. “The money he brings to the table for flyweight, you’d be stupid not get in there with him. I’d love to get in there with him and hopefully I can give him a beating. He isn’t unbeatable, I’ve seen the way he fights and he’s still got an amateur style. That’ll be a massive potential fight, maybe in a few years time. We’ll just have to see how it goes.”

The Croydon boxer will start his professional journey at flyweight but ultimately expects to move up through the divisions. “I don’t want to stay at one weight. I’m tall enough to be a bantamweight. I always work hard and put everything into this,” said Charlie. “[Promoter Eddie Hearn] has got a plan for me, two four-threes, then two six-threes and then jump straight into two eight [rounders] and, depending on what position I’m in at the time, maybe challenge for a title after that. Because in the flyweight division there isn’t much out there – you can move quickly. That’s what I’d like to do.