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Former Dagenham amateur set for professional debut

09:00 29 January 2015

Charlie Edwards with coach Brian O’Shaughnessy at the Champions TKO Gym in London (pic: Gianluca Rio Di Caro).

Charlie Edwards with coach Brian O’Shaughnessy at the Champions TKO Gym in London (pic: Gianluca Rio Di Caro).

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Edwards on bill at the 02 alongside Kevin Mitchell

Former Dagenham amateur Charlie Edwards is set to make his much anticipated professional debut this Saturday when he faces Yorkshire’s Craig Derbyshire on the Eddie Hearn Matchroom Sport ‘Capital Punishment’ even at the 02.

Edwards announced he intended to move to the pro ranks and after weeks of discussions with his team and various promoters, he has decided to sign with Hearn’s Matchroom Sport organization.

The former Dagenham boxers transition to the professional game has been aided because he has trained at the famous TKO Gym in east London over the past year being coached by Brian O’Shaughnessy.

Edwards is exciting about the upcoming fight and is confident he will deliver a performance to remember.

“I’m feeling great, my training’s gone really well and I’m in the best shape of my career so far,” he said.

“I’ve been preparing at the Champions TKO with Brian and my dad, I’ve got a strength and conditioning coach now, covering all angles to make sure I’m totally ready for my pro debut.

“The hard work is really paying off, great shape, weight’s perfect, it’s been perfect for the past two or three weeks.

“I am definitely in the best shape of my life and just can’t wait to get in there and prove that all the hype about me, because I know there’s a lot of hype about me and I have got a bit of pressure on my shoulders, with people expecting me to perform, so I’m going to go out there and box clever and make sure I perform.”

Edwards believes he has achieved everything he can as an amateur and has been scouting his opponent Derbyshire on YouTube.

He added: “Craig done cage fighting, he’s done a lot of Kick Boxing and that, he comes from a fighting background.

“I know what he’s going to do, he’s going to come fighting right from the opening bell. The only thing is he comes flying in with his head so I’ve got to be clever and stay out of the way of his head.

“It’s another day at the office, I know it’s pro and everyone says it’s a big step up and it’s a different game, I’ve been winning titles without a headguard for about a year and half now, so it’s no biggy to me.

“I’m raring to go, I’ve fought in front of twenty thousand people up in Scotland, against a home fighter, so that’s the biggest thing I’m going to experience with everyone against me and on my back.

“I’m expecting nothing else, but victory all the way, like I said he’s going to come to fight, I’m not looking for no stoppage or anything.

“But I know in the way I am hitting, if he walks on to one, especially how open he is, I’m going to hurt him, so it may not go the distance.”

He also wanted to express his gratitude at the messages he has received in the build up to the event.

“I want to say thanks for all the support, it means so much when I put up stuff on Facebook and Twitter and get so much positive messages from so many people wishing me luck,” added Edwards.

Meanwhile his coach O’Shaughnessy is excited about Edwards potential and foresees a routine win this weekend.

He added: “I first see him when he was just a kid, you could see then he was going to be something special.

“Personally, I don’t see anyone in his weight division in this country, or Europe come to that, that would bother him.

“There’s not a lot of fighters in his category anyway and even the best ones we had seen as they progressed from the amateurs and they’re not a patch on Charlie.

“The person he’s got on the 31st is a seasoned amateur, as well as has a kick boxing background, so we’ve always got to expect the unexpected, but we’re ready for that anyway, so expect a good, tidy win from Charlie.”

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