Edwards Still Rising Ahead of Second Title Defense

Back in March, British Flyweight 🇬🇧Charlie Edwards (15-1-0, 6KO) was successful in the first defense of his WBC World Flyweight title, beating Spain’s Angel Moreno by unanimous decision at the Copper Box Arena in London.

Edwards says he feels he is growing stronger physically and emotionally with each win he notches, but understands he will have a tougher task on his hands Saturday as he goes up against Mexico’s mandatory challenger 🇲🇽Julio Cesar Martinez (14-1-0, 11KO)

Martinez, who has guaranteed a knockout, is the winner of 14 consecutive fights after losing in his pro debut. He’s earned his way into this title shot by delivering a 5th round knockout on 🇬🇧Andrew Selby, handing the Welsh fighter the first loss of his career.

That has been the biggest and best win for Martinez in a thin body of work, but it was on his home turf of Mexico, while Saturday in London will mark the first time he has fought on enemy soil and it will be on a huge stage at the 02 Arena.

Edwards is aware of the punching power Martinez carries, but feels the Mexicans style plays right into his hands.“He’s already told me that he’s going to knock me out. But when he doesn’t, things are going to get very tough for him and if he’s coming in with that mentality it shows he’s underrating me already and that’s not a good place to be.”

“Fitness and rounds are my strongest attributes and I’m ready and looking forward to dragging him deep and for the roles switching, I will bully the bully. I am the WBC world champion and nobody is beating me.”

Edwards vs Martinez will be on the undercard to Vasiliy Lomachenko and Luke Campbell. The card stream begins at 1pm ET/10am PT on the ESPN+ app.