Charlie Edwards Set to Defend the WBC Flyweight Title for the First Time
Seeking his first successful title defense, WBC flyweight champion Charlie Edwards will defend the belt against Angel Moreno this Saturday in London.
Updated: March 21, 2019 • 5:25 PM ET
Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park's Copper Box Arena will host this weekend's title fight.
The WBC flyweight title will be on the line this Saturday in London, as British champion Charlie Edwards will defend the belt against Angel Moreno.
Edwards (14-1, 6 KOs) will defend the title for the first time since winning the belt in December, defeating Cristofer Rosales by unanimous decision for his first major title and sixth straight victory. The 26-year-old’s only loss was for the IBF flyweight title in 2016 when John Riel Casimero finished him in the 10th round. Three of the Surrey, United Kingdom native’s six knockouts have come during his current six-fight winning streak. Including Rosales, Edwards has key victories over Anthony Nelson, Iain Butcher and Luke Wilton.
After his first professional loss, Edwards changed his mindset to attempt to achieve his goal.
"I wouldn't change losing that fight — it showed me what I needed to do to become world champion,” Edwards recently told ESPN. “Now I want to be an inspiration for the younger kids coming through. I came back from Spain and got back to the really hard, gritty lifestyle of a professional boxer.”
The champion is also looking ahead to other potential matchups, should he defeat Moreno.
"One of my goals has always been to be a multi-weight world champion, and my hero is Manny Pacquiao," Edwards said. "But at the moment, I'm in the flyweight division and I'm hoping to unify the division. There's Kal Yafai at super-fly but short-term, the aim is to unify the flyweight titles.
“Andrew Selby has got an eliminator that could set us up for the end of the year. I'm in this game for the big fights and that would be a big fight. I lost to him as a kid, I was only 18, so it's a fight I really want and that I feel I can win."
Moreno (19-2-2, 6 KOs) has won nine straight fights, most recently defeating Christian Narvaez by unanimous decision in October. The 35-year-old from Madrid will fight for his first major title on Saturday, and he has no plans of participating in an easy fight for Edwards.
“I am not going to London for a holiday,” Moreno said via Matchroom Boxing. “This is the opportunity of a lifetime for me. We know each other very well having sparred on two occasions in the past. We’ve shared many rounds together and I think he knows that I will be too strong for him on the night. If his team thinks that this fight will be an easy defense for Charlie, they are very wrong.
“I will follow the way of Sergio Garcia and Kerman Lejarraga. I’ve taken a lot of inspiration from my stablemate’s victory at The O2 last month and I’ll make Spain proud again when I lift the green belt above my head. Spanish boxing is in a very healthy position at the moment and it will be an honor to become my country’s next World Champion.
“I am not scared about the hostile atmosphere that will greet me in London. I have fought away from home in Ukraine and France, and I am a 36 years old man. I believe that my experience will show in the ring. I had plenty of notice for this fight and I’ve enjoyed the best and most productive training camp of my career. Do not be surprised when I beat Charlie.”
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The two times Moreno has fought away from his home in Spain, he lost both bouts by unanimous decision. Including Narvaez, he has beaten notable fighters who include Jose Rivas and Ivan Ruiz Peranton.
Also on the card (via Sporting News)
Joshua Buatsi vs. Liam Conroy for the vacant BBBofC British light heavyweight title
Lewis Ritson vs. German Argentino Benitez for the WBA Intercontinental lightweight title
Lawrence Okolie vs. Wadi Camacho for the BBBofC and Commonwealth titles
Jason Quigley vs. Mathias Eklund
Shannon Courtenay vs. Cristina Busuioc
Sean McGoldrick vs. Sean Cairns
• All fights can be seen on DAZN with the undercard starting at 3 p.m., followed by the main card at 5 p.m.