Repton’s Edwards vows to return from Games heartbreak
PUBLISHED: 15:39 31 July 2014 | UPDATED: 15:43 31 July 2014
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Bethnal Green boxer’s medal hopes shattered
Repton’s Charlie Edwards has vowed to to ‘come back stronger’ following Commonwealth Games defeat against home favourite Reece McFadden on Sunday.
The flyweight’s hopes of joining the Bethnal Green club’s list of Commonwealth medal winners ended when he suffered a pointsdefeat against talented McFadden, who had become a national hero after his first bout success.
That opening contest saw the 19-year-old from Motherwell upset the odds by beating hot gold medal favourite, and world number one, Andrew Selby from Wales in stunning style.
Two days later he proved too hot to handle for Repton’s Edwards, who had received a bye in the first round, but could not produce his sparkling best form.
Roared on by his home support, five-foot firecracker McFadden moved inside against the taller Edwards to score well to the head and body with fast attacks.
The 21-year-old Edwards enjoyed some success at long range when using his reach advantage and thought the contest was closer than the judges scoring.
“I thought I boxed well, but that’s the way it goes sometimes. I’m not going to take anything away from Reece, he has a lot of potential and showed that against me,” he said.
“It’s always tougher fighting someone on their home turf, the crowd usually gives them an extra few per cent.”
Edwards stayed on in Glasgow, hoping to cheer his England team mates on to gold, and added: “The support we’ve received as a team has been overwhelming.
“I wouldn’t swap a minute of my experience at the Games for anything.”
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