Edwards ready to rumble
Charlie Edwards will begin his quest for another ABA crown tomorrow - and all he might have to do is weigh in.
The 20-year-old from Beddington won the national light flyweight crown in 2011 but was away last year at the Olympic qualifiers and could not defend his title.
He has now moved up to 51kg and will fight at bantamweight at the South East ABA Championships at Fairfield Halls tomorrow if an opponent can be found.
Edwards will not know for certain until he weighs in whether he has a fight, with speculation suggesting he will be given a bye and advance straight to the London finals as other fighters move weight in a bid to avoid him.
"It's frustrating if I don't fight because I fight at 52kg for internationals and then in ABAs I am at 51, so I have to lose a kilo," he said.
"So when I make the weigh in for Thursday really I want to be fighting, I don't want to make the weight for no reason.
"But you just have to see what happens and take it as it comes. I am preparing to fight, I have to. There is a boy who moved up a weight because I am weighing in at 51kg. He doesn't want to fight me.
"I won at light flyweight and have moved up and want to prove I can do it at this weight. I want to prove to everyone I am number one."
Potentially, Edwards could have two fights in as many days this week, or as little as none, as he is also a reserve for the British Lionhearts team taking on Ukraine Otamans at York Hall on Friday night.
Having been part of the Lionhearts squad for five months, Edwards is still waiting to make his debut in the competition but will only do so on Friday if London 2012 quarter-finalist Andrew Selby has to pull out.
"I am still waiting to make my WSB debut as there's four in my weight for GB and they are all a little bit older and heavier than me as I am fighting at 54kg," he said.
"It is frustrating because I want to show what I am capable of. but I will have a fight down the line."
Edwards' brother Sonny starts the defence of his junior ABA title next month and Charlie enjoys sparring against his little brother when he is back home from the GB training camp in Sheffield - resisting the temptation to get carried away by sibling rivalry.
"We do spar together on Fridays but, obviously, I have to hold the power as I am older than him," he said.
"He is a good little fighter though, he switches it up. Sometimes I catch him with a shot by accident and he will come back and give me a little dig."