Charlie Edwards won every round against Angel Moreno to successfully defend his WBC flyweight title
By Peter Gilbert
Last updated: 03/23/19 11:39 pm
Charlie Edwards turned on the style to successfully defend his WBC flyweight title with a unanimous decision over Angel Moreno at the Copper Box Arena on Saturday night.
Edwards won every round against the Spaniard to keep the £ 112 belt in an impressive first defense since he claimed the green and gold strap by defeating Christopher Rosales in December.
The champion made a frantic start, pulling out shots, Moreno responded by marching forward and throwing optimistic hooks but was caught by smart meters.
Moreno continued to show complete disregard for his defense in the second and was caught by Edwards' accurate punching before being picked up by an upright after another reckless attack.
The third round saw Edwards pick up where he left off, a succession of direct hands coming from the Londoner aroused the approval of the crowd as the contemptuous Spanish entered his shots.
Edwards started showboating in the fourth, dropping his guard and pushing his former sparring partner just to receive a furious ticking from his trainer Grant Smith when he returned to his corner.
The 26-year-old returned to business in the fifth, using his footwork and movement to maintain control and keep Moreno at bay.
It was a perfect clinical boxing performance, just like I expected. I'm going to go all the way and be a multi-weight world champion.
Moreno landed a decent hook in the sixth but Edwards connected with a superb mount to reaffirm his authority.
After checking the seventh by punching in every corner and using his upper movement, Edwards scored a flash knockdown in the eighth round with a quick counter.
Another Edwards uppercut in the ninth has the crowd standing while the brave Moreno has been leaning on the ropes.
Edwards pushed for an arrest in rounds 10 and 11, whipping punches from every corner and dancing for trouble, but his 35-year-old opponent refused to wilt.
Another punitive uppercut made Moreno's head jump in the final round and two hands to the right forced him to get on the ropes, but the challenger survived to listen to the final bell and keep his record of never being stopped.