Edwards' opening shot at Commonwealth Games gold put on hold until Sunday

Waiting game: After receiving a first round bye, Beddington's Charlie Edwards' Commonwealth Games adventure is delayed until Sunday

Waiting game: After receiving a first round bye, Beddington's Charlie Edwards' Commonwealth Games adventure is delayed until Sunday

First published in Sport Wandsworth Guardian: Photograph of the Author by , Sports Editor

Beddington boxer Charlie Edwards will have to wait until tonight to discover his first opponent in his campaign for Commonwealth Games gold after being handed a bye in the first round draw.

The national flyweight champion will be up against either Wales’ Andrew Selby or Scotland’s Reece McFadden on Sunday.

Edwards, who is coached by Brian O’Shaughnessy at the TRAD TKO Gym in Canning Town, secured his place in the English Games team after winning the 52kg championship in April over fellow Team GB Boxing squad member Jack Bateson.

Edwards said: “I’m disappointed that I’m not boxing today, but that is neither here or there, at least I know it will be either Andrew or Reece that I fight first.

"It’s a shame that it’s looking more like a Three Nations tournament, rather than Commonwealth, with Andrew representing Wales, Reece being Scottish and of course myself representing England in the division.

"Only one of us will be going into the quarter final, which is a shame as we’ll only have one representative in it, hopefully it’ll be me."

He added: "No disrespect to Reece, but I’m expecting it will be Andrew I’ll be fighting on Sunday, if it is it will be interesting, we’ve sparred hundreds of rounds.

"I’m over the moon to be here, I missed out on the Olympics, but this is the next best thing.

"I’ve worked hard for this and now it’s time to show the British public what I’m made of, put in a very good performance and hopefully make a house hold name for myself.

"To be here at all is a privilege, so winning the ABAs was so important to make sure I did win the place."

There are plenty of pretenders to Edwards' national championship throne, but the 21-year-old has seen them all off.

He said: "Jack Bateson had moved up to my weight and was trying to take my Commonwealth spot, he’s also on the GB team, but I put him in his place, boxed really well, beat him really comfortably, so proved to everyone out there that am number one and that I should be representing England at these games.

"Hopefully now everyone will jump on the Edwards' bandwagon, due to the performance I put in, and support me in my quest for gold."

He added: "I’m over the moon to be here, all the hard work, with Brian (O’Shaughnessy) at the TRAD TKO, is all paying off, he’s turned me round, slowed me down, I’m hitting harder and just an all round better fighter, now I just can’t wait to get my Commonwealth campaign started.”

Charlie Edwards versus either Selby or McFadden, in the final 16 will take place on Sunday at approximately 6:30pm and will broadcast live on the BBC.

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