MAN Magazine Summer 2019

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C

harlie Edwards

is still a tender

age of twentysix,

and it was

fifteen years ago when he

was just eleven that boxing

really became a part of his

life, “I was short and fat,

and I just wanted to lose

weight,” he shared.

But it wasn’t long after

starting the sport that he

realised he had a talent to box.

With his baby face, and strong Croydon

accent it is a surprise to listen to Charlie

speak with the level of composure and

compassion you’d expect from someone

double his age.

“I’ve been told I have an old head

on young shoulders. I’m obsessed with

pushing limits. To me, there’s no such word

as ‘can’t’, and this motivates me.”

Charlie’s father has been one of his main

backers from the beginning, believing his

son had the skill and determination to go

professional, “My dad loved it!”

“-Dad raced national hot rods for Great

Britain, so he knows about competitive

sport... But my mum was dubious, because

I guess I’m a mummy’s boy, so she didn’t

watch my first pro fight.”

Charlie explains how both his parents

are inspirations to him; with his mother

having been through “hell and back” with

breast cancer, radiotherapy and three major

head operations, “If she is struggling it

upsets me, because I just want to see her

smile – and I know that me achieving fulfils

her... I’m just really grateful that my sister

is supportive and cares for my mum, as it

allows me to continue with the dream.”

Having already had so many victories,

Charlie shares what ‘continuing the dream’

means for him, “My dream is to cement

myself in world history with my titles.

We come on this earth from the spiritual

being – yeah, we go off track – but we

each have a purpose. My life purpose is

boxing... because by being successful I can

help change humanity a little bit and help

motivate people. I am living my best life

when my career is on track.”

Despite his mum’s absence at his

professional debut fight in 2015, Charlie

had his first official win, and this remained

steady until his ninth fight, when he lost,

“- it wasn’t my day that night, and I’ve not

lost since.”

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MY DREAM IS TO

CEMENT MYSELF

IN WORLD

HISTORY WITH

MY TITLES...

He claims to have learnt a big lesson as

well as experienced personal growth as

a result of the defeat, “I wasn’t as good

as I thought I was – you need to have the

right team of people surrounding you, and

it helped me see who the glory hunters

were; who was real, who was fake – And

it made everything clear to me. Now, I just

don’t get caught up in the hype. We live

in a fickle world – especially in the sports

or entertainment industries and I believe

I needed to lose because the straight run

of wins would have gone to my head. But

I keep my feet firmly on the ground with

my wins now, because I am ready for it.

And the benefit is that I’ve already been

defeated and dealt with it, so there’s no

pressure.”

Edwards explains more about being in

the ring, “It’s a mad experience to be hit

so hard, but not to be knocked out cold,

and that fight did make my head buzz. But

for me, fighting is about hitting and not

getting hit.”

“If I’m feeling a bit lost in my head, I just

channel it all into boxing – It’s my escape

from reality and life. And obviously, fitness

is a factor, but mentality is important for

boxing.”

Charlie talks about the Law of

Attraction, and how it has impacted his

life for the better to help him with success,

“The film and book ‘The Secret’ is very

commercial, but it opens the doors for a

lot of people, and I would advise people

to read or watch it, because after I first

watched the film, I visualised in the mirror

every night winning the bronze and then

I visualised having the bronze and I then

won the bronze at my next fight.”

MAN MAGAZINE SUMMER 2019

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