|FORMER WBC World Flyweight champion Charlie Edwards has signed a multi-fight deal with Hall of Fame promoter Frank Warren.|
He joins brother Sunny in the Queensberry Promotions camp and believes it’s only a matter of time before ‘The Croydon Klitschkos’ are fighting in world title contests on the same bill.
Edwards, 27, said: “I was with Eddie Hearn for six years and I needed to freshen things up. I feel this is the next chapter of my career.
“I have seen what Frank has done for my brother Sunny. He has done very well for him from the start.
“Frank really looks after his fighters as well. I felt I was taken for granted and I am looking forward to getting started with Frank as my promoter.
“I have chatted to Frank at Sunny’s fights and the timing was right. My management MTK sorted the deal, my adviser thought it was best for me and the offer is great.”
Edwards (15-1, 6KOs) will be moving up from Flyweight to either Bantamweight or Super-Flyweight where he is ranked number two by the WBC in their world rankings.
Charlie vacated his WBC world crown after being severely weight-drained for his defence against Julio Cesar Martinez last August that ended in a no-contest.
He added: “The next fight is likely to be a gage to see where I’m at regarding my best weight. The main thing is keeping my world ranking at Super-Flyweight for now.
“I look at the Bantamweight champions. I’m not deluded and say, ‘I’m world level’ at that weight because that would be stupid.
“If I go to Bantamweight I wont be rushing to get in with world level fighters. It will be building up over a few fights.
“I have Frank behind me and he is not going to chuck me in at the deep end. It’s going to be building into the world title picture.”
Edwards insists he is more than happy to box on one of the behind closed doors extravaganzas Warren has planned this summer.
His big hope is to fight on the same bill as his brother Sunny, who also has serious world title aspirations at Super-Flyweight.
Charlie who trains alongside his brother under Grant Smith in Sheffield said: “Just mentioning me and my brother fighting for world titles on the same bill gives a tingle down my spine.
“I did a bucket list some time ago. Sunny and myself fighting on the same show has always been there. That was another thing that made it perfect sense to join Frank because it can happen.
“We still try to outdo each other when we train. That is the beauty of it. We’re brothers, we have ultimate love and want the best for each other.
“We want to beat each other whether we’re sparring or on the track. We have progressed because we always push each other.”
Warren said: “I am absolutely delighted that Charlie has joined our team and we will work out a plan for him to become a two weight world champion.
“We have often spoke at my shows when Sunny has been boxing. We always got on well and shared a joke.
“The two brothers fighting for world titles on the same show isn’t a pipe-dream. We deliver and It is a realistic prospect.”
Charlie turned professional in January 2015. In his fifth fight he won the English Flyweight title against Louis Norman and two fights later added the WBC International Silver championship.
In September 2016 he fell short against high class Filipino John Riel Casimero in a IBF Flyweight title challenge, his only professional defeat.
Seven months later, Edwards outpointed Iain Butcher to become British Super-Flyweight champion, a crown now held by his younger brother, Sunny.
Charlie upset defending champion Cristofer Rosales on points to become WBC Flyweight title holder in December 2018. He made one successful defence three months later in a points decision against Angel Moreno.
It may have been a bank holiday weekend in the United Kingdom, but Promoter Lee McAllister has been mightily busy finding a top quality replacement for the Danny Williams versus Lee Kellett showdown, that was due to co-headline along with Scott Harrison versus Paul Peers on the UK’s first behind closed doors event, which is expected to take place in late June or early July, subject to the Scottish Parliament announcement of the relaxing of the lockdown restrictions later this week.
The Aberdeen based Five Division World Champion and Promoter, seems to secured not only suitable replacement for the first of a planned fortnightly series of events, but one that will have boxing fans salivating, as today the Aberdeen Assassin announced that Stoke’s unbeaten knockout Artist Nathan Russo (3 Wins all by KO) is set to face big hitting Nicaraguan Wilmer Gonzalez (21-18-1 – 14 wins by KO).
On making the announcement McAllister said;
“Was gutted when Danny pulled out, him against Lee Kellett was a genuine fifty-fifty and that’s the kind of fights we want.
“When I found out Wilmer was still in the UK, it struck me straight away that him against Nathan Russo would be the perfect replacement.
“Both lads love to go forward and are known big punchers, Nathan has stopped everyone that’s stepped in the ring with him and Wilmer has stopped fourteen of his opponents, including WBF European Champion Tommy Jacobs back last September.
“It was a no brainer, it’ll be a cracking fight, an all out war that the fans will love.”
Nathan Russo versus Wilmer Gonzalez will feature on the undercard when Scott Harrison goes toe-to-toe with Paul Peers on the first of fortnightly series of ‘Behind Closed Doors’ events for TV.
Main support sees Orkney based ten time World Kickboxing Champion Caitlin Foran making her Professional Boxing Debut against York’s Carly Mackenzie.
The undercard also features Perth’s unbeaten Gary Wilson (3-0-0) facing off against Liverpool’s Scott McIntyre (4-1-0) and Aberdeen’s Liam Allan making his pro debut against Southend’s Dan Ballard.
The event will take place in Aberdeen and whilst no date can be announced at this time, it is anticipated that there will be an announcement this week by the Scottish Parliament, regarding lockdown restrictions being relaxed, and then a date can be set for either late June or early July.
The event will be broadcast live on Fite TV (worldwide) as well as delayed broadcast in the UK on Sports Channel Network (SCN) Channel 265 on Freeview/YouView.