British star Charlie Edwards is inspired by Manny Pacquiao and is willing to stay at Flyweight for a long time before moving through the weights.
Edwards looked fresh, powerful and agile when he won the WBC belt last month, coming down to Flyweight for the opportunity.
When asked about his plans to stay at the weight, Edwards told WBN in an exclusive interview: “Really, I made the weight but it was tough. Don’t get me wrong, it was tough.”
“It’s only tough, not because it was last minute, but because I dedicated my whole life around it for 10-12 weeks. At the end of the day, if you want something, that’s what you’ve got to do.”
Accompanied by his new trainer Grant Smith, the move to Flyweight appeared easy. But Edwards states there was a lot more to see behind closed doors.
“When I’m in training, I’m a workaholic, I’m putting in all the graft. That’s where I am the best. That’s where I feel the best.
“I actually like to do it, I like to push my body to the extreme limits. To see my body ripped and at 2% body fat or whatever it was.
“I like to do that, so I will stay down here as long as my body allows me to. Two years ago, I thought I couldn’t make the weight. I was doing the weight all wrong.”
Edwards takes inspiration from eight-weight world champion Manny Pacquiao who fights this Saturday.
“I moved up to super flyweight, two years later I’m still at flyweight so it goes to show if I can live the life like I’m doing, I can be at flyweight for however long I want to be. Then I can step up and I’ll work my training schedule and schemes and eating around that.
“It’s like Manny Pacquiao, he’s done it. You can move up through the weights as long as you’re obsessive with yourself and living the life.
“But you have to for different circumstances,” he concluded.
Chandler Waller is a staff writer for World Boxing News. Follow Chandler on Twitter @ChandlerWaller