BY RICHARD CAWLEY
Charlie Edwards retained his WBC world flyweight title – not losing a round on any of the three judges’ scorecards as he won emphatically on points against Angel Moreno.
The Croydon man was always expected to make a successful first voluntary defence of his belt.
Moreno, ranked 14th by the WBC, had sparred with the champion before but only brought rugged toughness to the table.
And that was never going to be enough with Edwards slicker – both in terms of boxing skills and footwork. The South Londoner confidently boxed off the back foot.
Moreno touched down in the eighth and while only a flash knockdown, he never looked in major trouble, it only widened the winning margin for the champion. All three judges scored it 120-107.
Edwards said: “I think it’s about levels. I knew he was going to be a tough test but it was a punch-perfect, clinical performance – just like I predicted.
“I’m going to be a multi-weight world champion, mark my words.
“I’m obsessed with bettering myself. All the people who said I couldn’t do it – I’m doing it. I love to prove people wrong. I feel my boxing IQ has gone up.
“My career is going to be very beautiful under this man [trainer Grant Smith].”
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