CHARLIE EDWARDS’ worst nightmare almost unfolded, until he received an unlikely reprieve. He boxed well over the first two rounds of his second WBC title defence at the O2 Arena in London, controlling the rushes of Mexico’s strong Julio Cesar Martinez.
But in the third Mexican began to swarm round him, hooks hitting the body, hacking lefts catching the head. Charlie felt the weight of his shots, covered up behind his gloves only for Martinez to hammer him down to the canvas.
There, on his knees, Martinez helped himself to extra left hook that slammed in Charlie’s side. Edwards rolled away from it, pained and he could not beat the referee’s count.