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Charlie Edwards dominates Angel Moreno to deliver career-best performance in maiden title defence

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WBC flyweight champion Charlie Edwards 15-1 (6) impressively defeated Angel Moreno 19-3-2 (6) in the first defence of his world title at the Copper Box in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Hackney Wick on Saturday night with a wide points decision.

The 26-year-old Briton has Spain’s Moreno on the deck in the eighth and didn’t lose a round as he posted a 120-107 victory across all three judges’ scorecards.

“I want to build a legacy for the British boxing fans. Whoever is next I’m ready. I want to unify, and I want to build a legacy,” Edwards said after the fight.

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“I’m obsessed with this game. I’m obsessed with bettering myself day in, day out. I like to prove everyone wrong. This is a dream come true.

“My boxing IQ has gone up tenfold. My trainer Grant Smith, the more time we are working together the better we’re getting. My career is going to be very, very beautiful under this man.”

Smith did however admonish his fighter between rounds for indulging in a bit of showboating – something Edwards took on board.

“He did give me a telling off. I got a bit carried away, it was my first title defence, I felt comfortable in there and I wanted to do a bit of ‘show-time’. I knew once I got that telling off not to do it again,” Edwards revealed.

Moreno, a former sparring partner of Edwards, appeared out of his depth at this level and was repeatedly hurt throughout the contest, including the 12th round when he looked as risk of being stopped.

“It was about levels. He’s a great fighter and a tough fighter,” Edwards continued.

“I’ve shared many rounds with him. I knew he was always going to be a tough test and he was going to be there until the end. But it was a punch-perfect clinical boxing performance, just like I predicted.

At 5-foot-6 Edwards is confident he has the frame to move up in weight and become a multi-division world champion.

“I am going to go all the way and I’m going to be a multi-weight world champion, mark my words,” Edwards said.

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