Charlie Edwards: “These promoters need me now, especially coming back after this”
Former WBC flyweight champion Charlie Edwards (15-1, 6KOs) talked with SecondsOut about the benefits of being a free agent.
In August of 2019, Edwards took on the hard-hitting Julio “El Rey” Cesar Martinez (16-1, 12KOs) where he was dominated from the moment the bell rang. Fortunately for him, an illegal punch from Martinez landed while he was on the canvas after being knocked down. Confusion ensued as the referee counted Edwards out, not realizing that the second blow came from an illegal shot that resulted in Edwards not being able to continue.
After everything died down, instant replay took front and center and helped overturn the decision, which would result into a No Contest. This allowed Edwards to retain his title.
Obviously a disappointing showing, Edwards placed blame on the performance due to having issues making weight. Furthermore, he elected to vacate the title and move up to bantamweight.
With all of that now behind him, Edwards is looking forward to what’s next.
ON BEING A FREE AGENT
“We’ve had quite a few offers put out there from some promoters. So to be fair, it hasn’t stalled my career much. These promoters need me now, especially coming back after this, and I’ve been put to offers. I’ve had very good offers, so maybe the timing of all of it has worked in my favor.
There’s no rush to give all the promoters the time to actually think about after this situation, rather then be caught up show to show all the time. So yeah, it’s looking good to be honest.”
ON DEALS BEING OFFERED
“They’re not specific fight offers, they’re four-fight deals. So yeah, it’s very interesting but then again, I’ve had the offers and the numbers and figures are very good. I was actually shocked they came through.
But being a free agent at this time is the best thing ever.
It’s just about biding my time and at the end of this, we’ll have our decision.”
It’s clear that the former champion is looking to get paid well for his services, and you can’t really blame him. He’s a former champion who’s just about to enter his prime. He obviously wants to be well compensated and partake in significant fights.
It’ll be interesting to see who he aligns himself with when boxing resumes.
3kingsboxing.com will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates as they become available.
By: Jerrell Fletcher