Charlie Edwards has minimal problems making the first defense of the WBC flyweight title!
Newly crowned WBC flyweight champion Charlie Edwards returned after achieving a dream win over previous champion Cristofer Rosales in December 2018.
Angel Moreno would be his first victim as a world champion as he managed to cruise to victory with relative ease.
Moreno, a 35 year-old fighter from Spain, is ranked #14 by the WBC. However, his resume doesn’t consist of any recognizable victories. In addition, even at his advanced age, this would be his first shot at a world title.
He did, although, lose a unanimous decision to current WBA champion Artem Dalakian in 2015.
The loss to a recognizable name would be the only thing remotely going for Moreno before and during this fight. He quickly manifested being the quintessential one-dimensional fighter. Not only did he just come forward, he willingly ran into punches the entire fight while not mounting enough of an educated attack to be taken seriously!
An Easy Win
Edwards enjoyed boxing behind the jab, while shooting combinations to the body and head all night. His lateral movement coupled with the use of the jab kept his inferior opponent reseting constantly.
At times it looked as if Edwards would stop moving and enjoy a bit of a fire-fight on the inside just because things seemed to be too easy! Furthermore, he may have done it for the entertainment value.
Even on the inside, Moreno’s shots were so telegraphed, the champion could easily evade with upper body movement and pick him off with counters.
Moving into the championship rounds, Moreno would have minuscule moments while Edwards would take to the ropes, however, he would still lose those exchanges. The ability to to answer anything the challenger tried to do was impeccable by the champion.
At the end of the night, one thing we could say positively about Moreno is he has heart and he has a good chin!
The champion would walk away unscathed with a unanimous decision (120-108 thrice). 3kingsboxing.com also could not give the challenger at least one round.
Edwards has expressed in the past that he would like to unify the division against the likes of Kosei Tanaka (WBO), Artem Dalakian (WBA) and/or Moruti Mthalane (IBF). He also expressed a want to move to super flyweight to take on WBA champion Kal Yafai!
Also unknown to many fans is Rosales had a rematch clause in the contract when he lost the title to Edwards.
Whether he decides to unify, take on Cristofer Rosales in a rematch or move up in weight, Edwards is definitely one to keep on your radar!
By: EJ Williams