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Charlie Edwards drops British title, wins eight-rounder at York Hall, sets sights on Kal Yafai

WBN 13/10/2017

Charlie Edwards claimed a routine eight round points win on Friday night as part the latest installment of Matchroom’s NXTGEN series.

The 24 year-old ex-world title challenger moved to 11-1 by defeating journeyman Craig Derbyshire easing through every round of eight, just hours after scrapping a British super-flyweight defence against Matthew Chanda.

Edwards relinquished the Lonsdale Belt in favour of more lucrative options, leaving Chanda to fight for the UK strap at a later date.

As the Surrey man explained prior to the victory, a future world title clash with Kal Yafai is at the forefront of his mind.

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“My goal has always been to become a world champion and I believe my team have me on the right path for that to happen,” Yafai told Matt Horan, formerly of World Boxing News and now of Sky Sports.

“I’m not sure how far I am from the world scene, I just face whoever they put in front of me.

“I have a great British rival in Kal Yafai and that’s a big domestic showdown that I’m sure the fans will want to see down the line.

“The division is flying on the world scene and I look forward to eventually being a part of it.”

The young contender has won three on the spin since losing to John Riel Casimero for the IBF championship a year ago, in a fight many believe came slightly too soon for Edwards against a tough champion.

Other NXTGEN results:

Natasha Jonas moved to 3-0 and warmed up for an appearance on the Tony Bellew v David Haye 2 card on December 17 with a sixth-round stoppage of Ana Starovoitova, whilst cruiserweight Isaac Chamberlain also won in the sixth round to keep his perfect record intact.

On his Matchroom debut, Harlem Eubank made a splash in his second professional appearance. The nephew of Chris Eubank and cousin of Chris Eubank Jr. followed the family tradition of making a spectacular entrance before winning a four-round points triumph to move to 2-0.

Reece Bellotti ripped the Commonwealth belt away from Jason Cunningham in six rounds, whilst Ted Cheeseman pushed to 11-0 with a fifth round knockout.

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