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Charlie Edwards has vacated his WBC flyweight title after expressing concerns about earning 112lbs through his against Julio Cesar Martinez.
Replays showed the last blow came after Edwards had taken a knee, although martinez was declared the winner by third-round knockout on the undercard of Vasiliiy Lomachenko-Luke Campbell on August 31.
The end result was therefore overturned as Edwards retained his crown although WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman said minutes later thata direct rematch will be ordered, the Londoner has decided to move up in weight.
At a letter to Sulaiman, Edwards wrote:It really scared me how much I was putting my health at stake and I cant risk causing harm to myself as health is the one most important thing in existence.
Im gutted because I appreciate being WBC world champion and so proud to be able to be in history as WBC flyweight world champion.
I need to continue to represent the WBC and really, really wish to push on through the super flyweight ranks and convince (sic) the super flyweight title.
However, I wanted to allow you to know first before anybody else I shall be vacating the title to go up and struggle in the weight.
Edwards, who has won 15 of the 17 professional contests, became world champion with a decision win over Cristofer Rosales in December last year before outpointing Angel Moreno at March.

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