Former WBC flyweight champion Charlie Edwards (15–1-1, 6KOs) will make his much-anticipated bantamweight debut in September. Edwards will face off against fellow Britisher Kyle Williams on the undercard of Josh Taylor vs Apinun Khongsong.
After amassing a record of 13-1, Edwards defeated Nicaraguan boxer Cristofer Rosales to claim the vacant WBC flyweight title. Following his win, he defended his belt one time against Angel Moreno.
Edwards then got knocked out in his next bout against Julio Cesar Martinez. However, he kept the belt as Martinez hit him while he was on one knee. In December 2019, Edwards vacated his flyweight title.
He will now compete at bantamweight on September 26 against Kyle Williams.
Edwards claims that he has used the layoff to develop his skills. Besides that, he also got engaged and is expecting a child in 2021. He believes that things could not have gotten any better.
“I’m looking forward to getting back in the ring. It feels like it’s been a long time coming. I have had 12 months out, but I have developed more than I did even when I was a world champion. My life away from boxing could not be any better. I am settled in a new home, I have got engaged and in January I will become a Dad.”
“I have never been in such a good place mentally, physically and emotionally. Obviously, I am not world-class yet at Bantamweight and that might take time, but Kyle is a very decent opponent after so long out. I’m looking forward to putting on a show against a great fighter. This fight is a fantastic domestic clash” (Source: The Ring).
The landscape of sporting events has changed since Charlie’s last fight. Yet it does not seem like having no audience will affect him. The British fighter said that he once boxed in a massive stadium with only twenty people in attendance.
“It would be great to have fans there, but I’ve had similar experiences as an amateur. I once boxed in a 30,000 capacity arena in Azerbaijan with 20 people there at a World Championship qualifier.”
The September 26 card will be headlined by the undefeated light-welterweight champion, Josh Taylor. Taylor will scrap with Thai boxer Apinun Khongsong. Overall, the card has some good bouts that cannot be missed.