NEW WBC flyweight champion Charlie Edwards has no doubt enjoyed his Christmas and is now looking forward to a host of unification fights in 2019.
Rather than dining out on a tremendous points win over former champion Cristofer Rosales on December 22, the likeable Surrey star is already plotting ways he can improve on his career-best performance.
“I don’t feel satisfied,” said Edwards, 14-1 (6). “It’s made me more hungry. I want to unify the division and build a legacy. The hard work really does start now. It’s hard getting there but it’s even harder staying there so I’m completely focused on what’s next.
“I don’t feel any different. I’m buzzing to achieve a childhood dream, but I don’t think it’ll sink in until after my career’s done because I’m the type of fighter who always thinks about what’s next.
“I’ve not been in mega-celebration mode. I haven’t been drunk or started eating non-stop. I didn’t even have a drink after the fight, if I’m honest. I’m an ultra-professional. We just enjoyed our time with our loved ones. It was nice to just have a conversation and actually catch up with a few people.
“I’m looking forward to 2019 now and I want to get what I actually deserve. I want to get all the fights I’ve wanted. I want to be in those big, competitive fights. I’m looking forward to getting the unification fights next year and keep building from there.”
Edwards has been linked with a unification clash against Moruti Mthalane, who defends the IBF crown against Masahiro Sakamoto on New Year’s Eve. But, regardless of who he ends up meeting next, it’s fair to say Edwards’ stoppage defeat to John Riel Casimero in 2016 has been well and truly put to bed and he now represents the latest in a long list of fighters who have used an early setback to improve and return better than ever.