BY RICHARD CAWLEY
Charlie Edwards is in no hurry to be back in world title contention after making his ring return on Saturday night.
The Croydon fighter won 99-91 against Kyle Williams as he boxed at bantamweight.
Edwards had not fought since August 2019. He vacated the WBC world flyweight title after a no contest against classy Mexican Julio Cesar Martinez, who went on to claim the belt in his next bout.
Edwards (16-1) told iFL TV: “It was nice to be back. It was a tough fight – he pushed me all the way. I had to stay switched on.
“I felt a bit nervous beforehand after all the s*** with my weight cut and the fight [a no contest against Julio Cesar Martinez]. So it was nice to get the first one out the way.
“I’d give myself a six or a seven. I’m being harsh on myself, maybe an eight. But I was ring rusty and I had a bit of nerves – it played a part.”
Edwards is expecting to drop down a division.
“I’m totally a super-flyweight,” he said. “When I left for the arena tonight I wasn’t much over the bantamweight limit. It shows I could make super-flyweight, but it was nice to make weight with a little less stress.
“I’m in no rush [to be back at world level]. I want to build my confidence back up and develop a bit more before we go again.
“I haven’t been in a 10-round contest since I boxed [Angel] Moreno [in March 2019]. I’ve been out the ring a long time.”
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