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Charlie Edwards vows to come back stronger following his Commonwealth defeat



Charlie Edwards has wished opponent Reece McFadden well and has vowed to ‘come back stronger’ following his defeat in the Commonwealth Games on Sunday.

Edwards had received a bye into the second round where he faced McFadden who had beaten world number one, Andrew Selby in the previous match-up, but endured the loss against the Scot over the three rounds.

Although disappointed at going out, the Team England representative has thanked everyone who has supported him and is backing McFadden to go all the way.

He said: ‘It’s always tougher fighting someone on their home turf, the crowd usually gives them an extra few percent.

‘But to be fair, the Scottish crowd were excellent with me, too. I had a lot messages from the home fans wishing me well which was nice.

‘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 and Andrew (Selby).

‘He’s gotten past both of us now, so I’m sure that he’ll be made the new favourite to win gold.

‘All you can do in these situations is dust yourself down and come back stronger, and that’s exactly what I intend on doing.

‘The support we’ve received as a team has been overwhelming, and I wouldn’t swap a minute of my experience at the Games for anything.

‘I’ve had hundreds of messages over the past few weeks wishing me well, and it’s only made me more determined to come back fighting and eventually bring a medal back to England.

‘Of course I’m disappointed not to win, but I worked hard and earned my right to be here, and my ambition to become a champion one day remains the same.

‘I’ll be staying on to support my team-mates now and willing them on to gold.’

Despite landing some clean shots, the 2014 English champion was adjudged to have lost all three very closely contested rounds.

The flyweight prospect will return home after the competition, and is set to meet with his trainers to plot their route forward.

With the Rio 2016 Olympics one of the next major international competitions, Edwards is determined to return to the ring as soon as possible and show why he should be considered.

He added: ‘Last season was one of my best years in boxing yet in everything I achieved, and I’ll be looking build on that over the next couple of years.

‘Representing my country at the Olympics would be a dream come true, and I believe that I have the ability to get there.

‘Next season is going to be a huge year for me, and I’m relishing the opportunity of stepping-up once again and facing some of the best.

‘But for the time being, I’m going to take a break to recharge the batteries and cheer on my teammates who I’m sure will do brilliantly.

‘Thanks again to everyone who’s supported me over the last few weeks, our time will come.’