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Edwards added to Taylor-Khongsong undercard on Sept 26

Former world champion Edwards makes Queensberry debut on Sept 26

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Charlie Edwards will return against Kyle Williams on the Taylor-Khongsong undercard on Sept 26 Photo Credit: Queensberry Promotions
Charlie Edwards will return against Kyle Williams on the Taylor-Khongsong undercard on Sept 26 Photo Credit: Queensberry Promotions

Charlie Edwards will make his Frank Warren debut on the undercard of Josh Taylor’s world title defence against Apinun Khongsong on Sept 26 on BT Sport.

Edwards (15-1, 6 KOs), older brother of Sunny who faces Thomas Essomba on Saturday night, will tackle Kyle Williams (11-2, 3 KOs) in a ten rounder in his first fight since signing a multi-fight promotional deal with Frank Warren following his departure from Eddie Hearn and Matchroom Boxing.

The 26-year-old has not fought since relinquishing his WBC world Flyweight crown following a no contest bout with now champion Julio Cesar Martinez last August, has moved up to Bantamweight for this fight, behind closed doors on Sept 26.

“I’m looking forward to getting back in the ring. It feels like it’s been a long time coming,” Edwards said.

“I have had 12 months out, but I have developed more than I did even when I was a world champion.

“My life away from boxing could not be any better. I am settled in a new home, I have got engaged and in January I will become a Dad.

 

“I have never been in such a good place mentally, physically and emotionally.”

Former English Bantamweight champion, Williams, 28, fell short in his bid for the British Bantamweight title losing in five rounds to then titlist Kash Farooq and the Wolverhampton man is coming off a split decision loss to Ionut Baluta in a bid for the WBO European title, but Edwards is not underestimating the challenge.

“Obviously I am not world class yet at Bantamweight and that might take time, but Kyle is a very decent opponent after so long out,” the Croydon man added.

“I’m looking forward to putting on a show against a great fighter. This fight is a fantastic domestic clash.

“It would be great to have fans there, but I’ve had similar experiences as an amateur.

“I once boxed in a 30,000 capacity arena in Azerbaijan with 20 people there at a World Championship qualifier.”

Edwards returns for the first time since no contest with Julio Cesar Martinez last August Photo Credit: Reuters
Edwards returns for the first time since no contest with Julio Cesar Martinez last August Photo Credit: Reuters

Super-Middleweight prospect Willy Hutchinson (11-0, 7 KOs) will compete for the vacant IBF European title should he come through his bout tomorrow night on the undercard of Daniel Dubois vs Ricardo Snijders.

David Oliver Joyce (12-1, 9 KOs) makes a first defence of his WBO European Super-Bantamweight belt against the aforementioned Baluta (13-2, 2 KOs) having claimed the strap against former IBF Bantamweight world champion Lee Haskins in February.

Taylor makes his first return since beating Regis Prograis last October Photo Credit: Mark Robinson/Matchroom Boxing
Taylor makes his first return since beating Regis Prograis last October Photo Credit: Mark Robinson/Matchroom Boxing

There will also be a four round Super-Welterweight match between York’s George Davey (2-0) and Blackpool veteran Jeff Thomas (12-7-3, 1 KO). Northampton Super-Lightweight Eithan James (3-0) is also in action.

“Josh’s fight is a high end world title battle, and yet again we have delivered with brilliant supporting fights,” Warren said.

“I was very excited to sign Charlie who is a fighter I have always rated and enjoyed watching even when he wasn’t on our cards.

“I promised him that he would get the chance to become a two-weight world champion and this is the start of the journey for him.

“He is coming back at Bantamweight, but he could also do Super-Flyweight if the opportunity came.

“He has mixed with the best in the world and that is where Willy Hutchinson is heading.

“I have real faith that he will go all the way at Super-Middleweight and become part of Britain’s rich history in the division.

“Everyone at my office has been working hard and I’m delighted with what we’ve delivered for fans on these behind closed doors shows.”

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