Charlie Edwards has vacated his WBC flyweight title after expressing concerns regarding earning 112lbs through his controversial no-contest from Julio Cesar Martinez five months ago.
Third-round knockout declared martinez the winner on the undercard of Vasiliiy Lomachenko-Luke Campbell on August 31, but replays showed the final blow came later Edwards had taken a knee.
The result was so abbreviated as Edwards retained his crown although WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman said minutes later thatan immediate rematch is going to be arranged, the Londoner has chosen to move up in fat.
At a letter to Sulaiman, Edwards wrote:It really scared me how much I was putting my health on the line and I can not risk causing damage to myself because health is the one most significant thing in existence.
I am gutted because I appreciate being WBC world champion and so proud to be able to maintain history since WBC flyweight world champion.
I wish to continue to reflect the WBC and really wish to push on through the super flyweight ranks and convince (sic) the super flyweight title.
But I wanted to let you understand first before anybody else that I shall be vacating the name to go up and challenge at the new weight.
Edwards, who has won 15 of the 17 specialist competitions, became world champion with a decision win over Cristofer Rosales in December last year before comfortably outpointing Angel Moreno in March.
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