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Edwards eager for world title redemption against Rosales

Edwards eager for world title redemption against Rosales

Tuesday 18th December 2018
Thomas Lyons

In just his ninth fight as a professional, former British super-flyweight champion and world title challenger (this weekend against Cristofer Rosales), Charlie Edwards dared to be great in what proved to be a step too far when he challenged John Riel Casimero, at the very same venue in September 2016.

However, with a much-improved outlook on boxing, equipping him with heavier artillery and a better boxing IQ, Edwards is adamant he will get redemption when he faces Rosales on Saturday night at the O2 Arena.

Edwards believes the 24-year-old Nicaraguan is not this formidable "force" that everyone eludes to in the Flyweight division, as reigning and defending champion of the coveted WBC green and gold belt but understands this is another tough test, and equally sees areas to exploit in Rosales' game.

Edwards has surpassed British and domestic level and dropping back down to 112lbs to face Rosales and would be the second time he has operated at this elite level in this particular weight category.

The 25-year-old Epsom fighter is from a boxing-rich family with brother Sunny starting to make some noise for himself and there seems to be a lot the Edwards brothers can learn from Rosales, who faced Sunny's rival, particularly with his social media war in recent months, chasing a fight with the Belfast's Paddy Barnes.

In his most recent defence, Rosales dispatched of Barnes inside four rounds. While Rosales is notorious for going to the body with incredible ferocity and sting, Edwards has expressed himself in judging distance very well and sticking to his 'hit and don't get hit' vibrant style.

Rosales has had a wealth of experience but been undone on two occasions to fellow Brits, Andrew Selby and Kal Yafai, who was linked to a fight with Edwards and currently holds the WBA 'Super' Super-Flyweight title.

Edwards feels he's come on leaps and bounds from that devastating KO defeat to Casmiero and has retained a level of maturity that gives him confidence ahead of his second shot at world title glory.

Given the opportunity, again in just his 15th fight, Edwards was left with no option but to challenge himself against the best and prove the doubters wrong once and for all.

The prospect of unification fights and stepping back up to 115lbs to face an Ancajas or Yafai entices Edwards but for now is solely focused on the job at hand with just two days to go, part of a thrilling night of heavyweight action which features the highly anticipated rematch between bitter rivals, Dillian Whyte and Dereck Chisora, topping the bill.

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