Edwards and Butcher to clash for British title

Charlie Edwards

Charlie Edwards is set to square off against Iain Butcher for the vacant British super-flyweight title on April 15th at the SSE Arena, in Glasgow.

Edwards has risen quickly through the paid ranks, claiming the English title after just five fights and winning the WBC Silver crown in his seventh.

In his ninth fight, Edwards competed for the IBF world flyweight title. However, this proved a step too far and Edwards was stopped by John Riel Casimero in the tenth round.

Butcher, no stranger to the British title, unsuccessfully contested the belt in 2013 against Kevin Satchell. However, in April, he will hope for a different outcome when he fields the home soil advantage – looking for the crowd to cheer him on to victory.

Such a prospect, however, does not faze Edwards, who feels he has the edge after moving up to super-flyweight and joining forces with trainer Adam Booth.

“Teaming up with Adam has been a great move for me,” said, Edwards. “Adam is a very knowledgeable man and when he speaks to me I’m in awe of him. I have the utmost respect for him and his accolades speak for them self. He has a great coaching team around him also.

“The gym is absolutely buzzing with all the fighters in their training alongside World champion Billy Joe Saunders and former World champion Andy Lee, I have got world class sparring in Ryan Burnett who is at Bantamweight and also Lucien Reid who is a Super-Bantamweight.

“I am buzzing to fight in Scotland in Butchers’ back yard. It’s a fight I have wanted for a long, long time as we have been rivals in the amateurs when we were both in the GB squad. Although we have always got on, this is a business and I can’t wait to put on a show up there and show everyone how I have come on under Adam and use the experience I have gained from my world title defeat to Casimero.

“I am feeling great at my new weight. When I moved to Adam he assessed my style and training and due to developing more power in my legs, it is the right move and you will all see that come April 15.”

Edwards and Butcher will clash on the undercard of Ricky Burns super-lightweight WBA/WBO unification bout with Julius Indongo.

Tickets for April 15 are on general sale priced £40, £60 and £100 from www.thessehydro.com and £200 VIP exclusively at www.matchroomboxing.com.

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