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Resilience and Redemption: Charlie Edwards Discusses Comeback Trail With Lofty Ambitions

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Resilience and Redemption: Charlie Edwards Discusses Comeback Trail With Lofty Ambitions

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Resilience and Redemption: Charlie Edwards Discusses Comeback Trail With Lofty Ambitions

On Friday, April 12, Charlie Edwards (18-1, 7 KOs) will make have his first fight in 2024, and begin his comeback journey against Georges Ory (17-3-1, 2 KOs) at York Hall in a 10-round bantamweight contest. The 31-year-old Brit will begin this new chapter in his career under the guidance of Wasserman Boxing as his new promoter and Stephen Smith as his new trainer. Speaking to Sky Sports, Edwards spoke about his rejuvenated motivation to reach the top and the importance of coming through hard times.

Charlie Edwards Next Fight: Comeback Trail Begins at York Hall

Charlie Edwards Next Fight vs. Georges Ory

Edwards is on the comeback trail and is looking to take that path that guides him to world title glory. The British fighter will be making his 2024 bow having last fought on June 9, 2023, beating Darwing Martinez 60-54. After winning the WBC flyweight title in 2018 against Cristofer Rosales, Edwards struggled in the following years, with his no-contest against Julio Cesar Martinez, and only fighting three times since 2020.

The comeback trail begins at York Hall on April 12 vs. Georges Ory, and Edwards appears focused and looking forward to the fight: “I’m going to jump straight back into the frying pan.” He continued: “I’ve got a good opponent in front of me who’s never been stopped, a former European champion who’s coming off the back of six wins.”

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“My dreams and goals and aspirations are to become world champion again. [I would fight] any world champion. I do believe I’m mixing it at the very highest of levels now and I do believe if you want to be the best, you’ve got to beat the best. That was the idea of getting a proper, formidable opponent.”

Edwards also spoke about the improvements he’s made: “I know the level that I operate. Now I’ve got maturity mentally, I’ve got the experience. I’ve stuck at it in the gym, I’ve developed into a bantamweight and I’m firing on all cylinders and very strong and hitting hard now.” He continued: “I know I haven’t gone anywhere. It’s just I’ve been off the scene.”

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“I look forward to going out there and putting on a dominant display of masterclass boxing, world-class boxing and [showing] a more spiteful, destructive side of me.”

Overcoming Tough Times

Edwards also discussed the difficult times he’s gone through over the last few years: “That time could have broke me, but it’s the thing that made me,” he said. “We’re all human beings. We all suffer with the same thoughts, feelings and emotions and things and past experiences.”

“The fighting game’s hard because your pride and your ego take over and you have to have that to fight and when things don’t go your way, it’s hard. In this day and age as well with social media that plays a factor into it,” he continued.

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“That’s just the way life is. We’re all suffering our own thoughts and demons and pressures and we’ve just got to deal with it. It’s just we [boxers] are put on the public stage where people can really have an opinion on it,” Edwards said.

He continued: “However I feel like them battles and them struggles, once you get through them and once you’re on the other side of them and you’ve worked yourself out, figured yourself out, you’re in a dangerous position.”

“The people who do battle the adversity and come through on the other side are the ones that get paid the fruits of their labour and that’s the way it is. You reap what you sow.”

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