The little men of boxing rarely get the credit they deserve. On the other end of the spectrum in size to the behemoths such as Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury, there is Charlie Edwards, World Boxing Council flyweight champion. Edwards, 5ft 5in tall and 8st wringing wet; the disarming face of a choirboy yet with spiteful fists and fitness to challenge a whippet, the south Londoner is both a fascinating fighter and character.
If Edwards can retain and defend the title he won on Dec 22 at the O2 Arena against Nicaraguan Cristofer Rosales for a significant period, he will become a standout in Britain’s crop of champions. Edwards returns to action as the headliner in the first defence of his crown at the Copper Box on Saturday against Spaniard Angel Moreno, against whom Edwards sparred for several days before his first world title attempt 2½ years ago against Filipino John Riel Casimero, in his ninth professional fight.
Edwards, whose body is replete with tattoos: a lion and crown; the lightning of Zeus on his hand; Achilles; an eagle on his shoulder; a third eye by his ear, which all have significance from his career, showed in December that he belongs at world level. He has barely had time to savour claiming the WBC crown in what proved the most complete performance of his career against the Nicaraguan, a display of alternating attacks with savvy boxing over an intense 12 rounds, winning by a landslide 118-110, 117-111, 116-112.