By Elliot Foster
Charlie Edwards and Kal Yafai clashed at ringside on Saturday.
The former IBF flyweight world title challenger came together with the current WBA champion at super-flyweight after getting a routine win in London, as part of a Sky Sports-televised card.
Edwards moved to 12-1 with five early after stopping Ricky Little in the first round at the O2 Arena on the undercard of Lawrence Okolie’s vacant WBA Continental cruiserweight title victory over Isaac Chamberlain.
And afterwards, he and Yafai –– who watched his brother Gamal knock out Jose Hernandez in the third of six scheduled rounds on the same card –– engaged in a war of words.
The 24-year-old appears to be banging the drum for a fight against the man who beat Luis Concepcion and has retained his belt twice against Suguru Muranaka and Sho Ishida.
Promoter Eddie Hearn, who looks after both fighters, told Kugan Cassius of iFL TV recently that he would like to make the fight if the fans want to see it.
“I’m not benefiting anything from the fight. There’s no chance of it –– unless there is mad money being thrown at me,” Yafai also told iFL TV. “If he’s so confident and wants the fight, let Edwards force himself into my mandatory position, but I know he won’t because he’s not good enough.”
Edwards, meanwhile, has said that if Yafai sees him as an easy fight then he should take it.
“I want the Kal Yafai fight and I want it bad,” Edwards told iFL TV. “It really means something to me, this fight, from when he used to give it to me on the GB squad at the age of 17.
“I want to get revenge, take that title away from him and I will do that. He’s a spoonfed superstar, he’s always had the level up there from the GB coaches and I will embarrass him and he knows it.
“I’m not a little boy anymore and he knows I’m all wrong for him.”
Further details regarding Yafai’s next fight will be revealed in due course, with the Midlands man hinting that he could be handed a spot as part of the supporting cast to Anthony Joshua’s world heavyweight unification showdown against Joseph Parker on March 31 at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff, exclusively live on Sky Sports Box Office.