Charlie Edwards returns tonight (Saturday 26th) as a bantamweight against Kyle Williams on the Josh Taylor vs Apinun Khongsong undercard, at York Hall in London.
“I’ve been out of the ring for a year but I think it has done me the world of good,” Edwards said. “I needed that time to help me recover. All those weight cuts have taken their toll, it took a lot out of my body.
“The last year has been a recovery year. Getting the right nutrition and working on myself, so although I have been out of the ring, I have been in the gym, doing a lot of hard work, learning the game and making myself stronger so I can operate at a high level again.
“I’m looking forward to getting back in the ring now and putting the dark times behind me.
“It is quite bizarre, a year ago, I was boxing at flyweight, which is 50.8 kilos. I never had that growth spurt, or I was just having too much cake as a kid.”
Training has been going well and with the help of his Swedish fiancée, Kristin, who is a nutritionist.
“We met in Spain and haven’t looked back.” Edwards added. “We are getting married in October, but the numbers are going to be restricted. So, when this all calms down we will have a proper wedding ceremony abroad somewhere. I’ve never been so settled – 2020 wasn’t a complete waste of time.
“This fight is going to be at bantamweight, it will be a good weight division for me to grow into, but to box at my old level, I would say I still have to box at super-flyweight.
“This is a great domestic dust up. I feel stronger than ever, I feel great physically and mentally. My reactions are so much better, I have never felt so good and so focused.
“I have noticed in training how much I am hitting harder. My sparring partners have been noticing it too. I’m looking forward to getting in the ring and feeling strong, showing people and proving to myself, how much making flyweight did kill me.
“In the next 12 months there is talk of a world title fight at super-flyweight. Obviously, my brother is in a good position as well. We could both fight for a world title on the same card. I don’t think that has ever been done before by two British brothers, we could go down in history.”