Charlie Edwards intends on taking his first steps towards becoming a “British great” by defeating Angel Moreno and has stated he is a “different animal” since winning the WBC championship.
The 26-year-old from Sutton makes the first defence of his WBC flyweight world title since winning it in December and finds himself sharing the ring with Moreno at the Copper Box arena on Saturday night.
His Spanish opponent has 19 wins on his 23-fight record, with just two defeats and two draws but Edwards believes his much improved technique will lead to a impressive display.
Edwards speaking to the media has been quoted as saying “Angel Moreno is a top class, world class fighter,” said Edwards. “I’ve shared many rounds with him in the gym, and he is very tough. I wouldn’t be surprised if it went the distance, and I’m fully prepared for the distance.
“But then again, I wouldn’t be surprised if I get him out of there. I’m a completely different animal now. I’m planting when I’m hitting my punches.
“My record doesn’t say I’m a puncher, but in my last fight you seen that I kept Rosales off and you could see what an animal he was, so I must have been gaining respect.
“Either way, I won’t be surprised, but I will say it’s going to be a Charlie Edwards win.”
Edwards has previously been vocal on fighting his way through the weights, with British rival Kal Yafai holding the WBA belt at super-flyweight, but is aware he has to take one fight at a time as he starts his title reign over Moreno on Saturday evening.
“My dreams in this sport was always to be a British great, to be a multi-weight world champion,” said Edwards.
“These are the first steps I’ve got to take, and every fighter, I have 120 per cent focus on.
“He’s a tough man, he’s going to try and be awkward, try and be rough, get up in my face. It’s going to be a great night and I’m going to put a performance on for everyone on Saturday night.”
Moreno is no stranger to the Brit with having sparring sessions against Edwards in the past and has promised the Englishman a hard-fought fight.
Angel Moreno speaking on events has been quoted as saying “We will have an amazing fight, and I know that the one who comes through the end of the fight with the belt will have gone through hell, because it’s going to be the fight of a lifetime,” said Moreno.
“On Saturday, when I win the world title, don’t leave Charlie aside as a broken toy, because he has huge potential. Keep on supporting him, even when I become the champion on Saturday night.”
Watch Charlie Edwards defend WBC title against Angel Moreno, with Joshua Buatsi and Lawrence Okolie also on the Copper Box Arena bill, on Saturday, from 7pm on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Action.
By Kenny Leavett.