Charlie Edwards ready to prove himself on the world stage
Charlie Edwards has a point to prove at next week's World Amateur Boxing Championships in Kazakhstan.
The 20-year-old from Beddington had an impressive junior record but a combination of bad draws and poor decisions has seen him fail in the first round at two of his three major international tournaments to date - the World Championships in 2011 and the European Championships earlier this year.
There was a bronze medal at the 2011 European Championships but Edwards knows it is time for him to start making an impact on the world stage.
"I need to get my name out there on the bigger stage," he said.
"The little tournaments are alright but it is on the big stage that it counts.
"I need to get a good draw and then make my way through one fight at a time.
"It's hard as I am still young and those I am against are experienced and older, but I feel I have gained a lot of experience over the past couple of years.
"Hopefully, I will get a nice draw this time as it is about time I got a bit of luck.
"When you go to a tournament you go to win it and I would like to try and bring back a medal.
"But I will take one fight at a time and get as far as I can.
"Every fight will be my final."
Edwards has won medals this year, with silver at the Gee Bee tournament in Helsinki and bronze at the Bocskai in Hungary.
And, after a week's training camp in Germany with the rest of England's boxers as well as those from countries such as France and Brazil, he feels this year could be his year.
"I'm really looking forward to it - the training camp went really well," he added.
"I have had quite a good year and my performances have been getting better and better.
"I was unlucky at the Europeans as a lot of people thought I won my fight, but I feel like I could take on everyone."
The World Championships begin on Monday and run until October 26.
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