BY RICHARD CAWLEY
Charlie Edwards makes his ring return on Saturday – but will now be campaigning at bantamweight.
The 27-year-old has relinquished his WBC world flyweight title with his last outing against quality Mexican operator Julio Cesar Martinez declared a no contest.
Croydon’s Edwards was knocked down in the third round at Greenwich’s 02 Arena in August 2019 but the challenger landed a late left hook which saw him avoid defeat.
Martinez has since won and defended the WBC belt.
Now Edwards (15-1) is back against Wolverhampton’s Kyle Williams (11-2), who lost on a split decision to Ionut Baluta for the vacant WBO European title in October.
“I’m looking forward to getting back in the ring,” said the South Londoner. “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.
“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 bout at Bethnal Green’s York Hall will be Edwards’ first since signing a promotional deal with Frank Warren.
“I promised him that he would get the chance to become a two-weight world champion and this is the start of the journey for him,” said Warren. “He is coming back at bantamweight, but he could also do super-flyweight if the opportunity came.”
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