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Home comfort for Charlie Edwards

Charlie Edwards faces tricky defence against dangerman Martinez, writes Daniel Herbert
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Charlie Edwards at his gym in Sheffield ahead of WBC title fight Dave Thompson/Matchroom Boxing

THE bad news for Charlie Edwards is that his latest WBC flyweight title defence, on the undercard of the big Vasyl Lomachenko vs Luke Campbell show at the O2 in Greenwich on Saturday (August 31), is against the man who in his last fight knocked out Andrew Selby. The good news for Edwards is that said challenger, Julio Cesar Martinez, beat Welsh wizard Selby on home turf in Mexico and has yet to box outside his native land as a professional.

Fighting in front of your own fans doesn’t guarantee victory, but it doesn’t hurt either. It can be of particular significance if a boxer tight at the weight – what flyweight isn’t? – travels to a country much cooler than his own. He may have to work extra hard to shed surplus weight, an effort that might take the edge off his performance.

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Edwards is making the second defence of his WBC flyweight title Action Image/Matthew Childs

When Martinez knocked out Selby in five rounds in March, in a final eliminator, it was only the third time in 15 pro fights he had scaled the 112lbs flyweight limit or less.