On September 10th, Charlie Edwards has the chance to make history by becoming a World champion in only his ninth fight.
A win in this fight will see him become the second quickest British World champion; only beaten to it by Paul Weir of Scotland.
Weir beat Fernando Martinez for the vacant WBO Minimum weight crown back in 1993 with a seventh round stoppage, in what was only his sixth professional fight.
If Edwards is to win his World title challenge, he will be the quickest Englishman to win a World title; an achievement that cannot be overlooked.
Edwards faces two weight World champion John Riel Casimero at the 02 arena for the IBF World Flyweight crown. Despite the lack of experience that Edward’s possess and his underdog status going into the fight, it is not an impossible task.
The Filipino has been defeated on three occasions before; on points to both former World champion Amnat Ruenroeng (which he avenged in his last fight) and World title challenger Roman Garcia Hirales, as well as losing to Moruti Mthalane via a fifth round stoppage. All three of Casimero’s defeats have been in fights for World honours so there is no doubt which man has mixed with better opposition in the pro ranks.
For Edwards to win, he will need to show skills that he has not yet shown. This is a massive test for Edward’s – the first real test of his career.
The fight will be Edward’s ninth as a professional and will provide chief support for the mammoth Middleweight clash between Gennady Golovkin and Kell Brook.
A world title opportunity awaits Edwards, but also a chance to box in front of a packed out 02 arena live on Sky Sports PPV, something that not many Flyweights ever get the opportunity to do.
After the announcement of his fight, the Brit said “Many people may think this is too early but believe me when I say this, that IBF world title is coming home with me”.
“I didn’t turn pro to knock over journeymen. I’m in this game to take over the lighter weight divisions. The team behind me at MGM know I am more than ready for this and I would like to thank them, Eddie and Barry Hearn for giving me this chance – I won’t let anybody down.”
First and foremost though Charlie has to take care of business in Germany, where he faces a yet to be named opponent in Germany.
By Luke Madeira, follow Luke on Twitter @lukemadeira15