By Elliot Foster (@FreelanceFoz)
Charlie Edwards will look to move into British class next year after completing a flawless maiden 12 months in the paid code.
The 22-year-old flyweight retained his English title with a stoppage of Phil Smith in his first defence at Manchester Arena.
Edwards, who won the title against former holder Louis Norman just over two months ago, ended the challenge of the Liverpudlian inside six rounds on the undercard of Anthony Crolla’s world title rematch against Colombian WBA lightweight champion.
The fight was pretty even to start with, but the champion was nicking the rounds with the better work.
But it wasn’t long before the new MGM Marbella signing’s uppercut began to land on Smith, who is trained by his namesake John at Stocky ABC. It was an unavoidable shot for the Scouser, who was caught with it at every opportunity.
But despite Smith having some good spells against the former Team GB star amateur, the end was nigh and a halt was called to the contest after 47 seconds of round six by the referee, Phil Edwards, after the Epsom man caught Smith with a right uppercut as he stepped in.
Elsewhere, Marcus Morrison maintained his undefeated record against Simone Lucas with a 58-57 decision.
And Liam Taylor stopped Imre Simon inside two rounds, while Brian Rose laboured to an 80-72 points victory over veteran Latvian journeyman Russians Pojonisevs.by