WBC Flyweight world titleholder Charlie Edwards will make the first defense against Angel Moreno at the Copper Box Arena on Saturday, March 23 in London. This Matchroom Boxing promoted event will air in the UK on Sky Sports while being carried by the streaming service DAZN in the United States.
Edwards (14-1, 6 KOs), 25, of England, scored a major upset to win the 112-pound belt by unanimous decision from Cristofer Rosales on Dec. 22 at the O2 Arena in London on the Dillian Whyte-Dereck Chisora II undercard.
Now comes defense No. 1 against Moreno (19-2-2, 6 KOs), 35, of Spain, which will headline a card that will stream live on DAZN in the United States.
“Moreno is a very tough and game fighter,” Edwards said. “He’s a mature man and he doesn’t shy away from any opportunities. He’s going to come to try and steal my title from me. This is a fight that I’m very confident of winning and a fight that I can look really good in. I’m looking forward to getting back in the ring with him. I sparred him ahead of the (Johnriel) Casimero fight but I’m a completely different animal now.”
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Edwards challenged then-flyweight titleholder Casimero for a opportunity for a belt in 2016 but suffered a 10th-round knockout in the only loss of his career. Edwards has won six fights in a row since that time.
“This is only the beginning, this is a new chapter in my career and this is where the real hard work starts,” Edwards said. “I want to be an active world champion. I want to be in the ring fighting and getting better and pushing myself. I’m not in this game to take part. I want to be a multi-weight world champion. I look forward to taking my first steps as a world champion and defending my belt on March 23.”