O2 Arena, London – Charlie Edwards (14-1, 6 KOs) picked up a twelve round unanimous decision to become the WBC flyweight world champion, with a calculated boxing game plan to unseat Cristofer Rosales (28-4, 19 KOs). The scores were 118-110, 117-111 and 116-112 for Edwards.
Rosales captured the title in April with a knockout of undefeated Daigo Higa, and then retained the belt in August with a knockout of undefeated Olympian Paddy Barnes.
Coming in, Edwards had won five in a row since getting knocked out by then world champion John Riel Casimero in September 2016.
Rosales came out pressing, pushing Edwards back and trying to overwhelm Edwards in the early going. Edwards was staying calm, jabbing and using the full ring to move around.
During the fourth rounds, Edwards landed a big two punch combination that Rosales took. The fight was quickly evening up as Edwards was boxing well.
The next few rounds were give and take, with close-pitched action between the two boxers – but Edwards was boxing very well to frustrate Rosales.
In the seventh round, Rosales was applying more pressure and looking to work over Edwards, who had a cut appear around the hairline.
As the fight played out, Edwards came back with his boxing skills to land accurate shots and stayed away from the bigger incoming punches from Rosales.
Rosales dug deep in the eleventh, taking the fight to Edwards and was connecting with big punches. Rosales continued to come on very strong in the twelfth and final round, but Edwards was able to stay composed and stuck to his game plan to box and move away from damaging combinations.
Also on the card, rising light heavyweight prospect Joshua Buatsi (9-0, 7 KOs demolished veteran and former IBO super middleweight world champion Renold Quinlan (12-4, 8 KOs) in one round. Quinlan was coming back from a knockout loss to Damien Hooper.