By Elliot Foster (@FreelanceFoz)
Charlie Edwards has signed a new managerial contract, just over a week before his ring return.
The former Team GB star turned professional under Eddie Hearn and Matchroom Sport last year and has raced to 5-0.
Edwards, the English flyweight champion, has yet to be defeated and is set to defend his title against Liverpool’s Phil Smith on November 21 at Manchester Arena, with the card –– topped by Anthony Crolla’s WBA lightweight world title rematch against Darleys Pérez –– to be aired live on Sky Sports.
Epsom’s Edwards, 22, will be permanently based over in Marbella under new trainer Danny Vaughan after signing with Daniel Kinahan at the Matthew Macklin-fronted Puerto Banús establishment.
He said: “I´m so excited about signing with MGM Marbella. Not only do they make sure you get looked after but they guide boxers’ careers and want to take you all the way to the top.
“They get you the best opportunities and it´s like a close little family with no egos and everyone wants the best for you. For once in my career I feel settled and I can´t wait to see what the future brings.
“I ́m over the moon to join forces with Danny Vaughan, he is a very experienced coach and I feel a connection with him.
Ever since I first hit the pads with Danny I knew he was for me! He is a great tactician and develops exceptional game plans.
“I have one hundred per cent faith in him and so much respect and that ́s what is important in your coach. Danny and I are going all the way to the top.”
Vaughan is just as excited about his new recruit and says that, with the right guidance, he can be anything he wants to be.
He said: “Charlie is a top talent and has a big future in the game. He trains really hard and wants to learn all the time. He lives for boxing and is a great signing for MGM and for me he is a joy to work with.
“Next year is a massive year for Charlie and the team at MGM.”
Edwards joins MGM on the back of them signing WBA Continental champion Tommy Martin, 22, the super lightweight who is set to challenge John Wayne Hibbert for the Commonwealth and WBC International crowns on January 30 at London’s Copper Box Arena.
The management team in Spain are delighted to have signed Edwards. They said: “Charlie has got what it takes and we are going to work alongside him to make sure he gets to where he wants to go.”by