Fans favourite Charlie Edwards returns to action on Saturday and Frankie Monkhouse believes this undercard bout deserves our attention...
"The Mexican went on a devastating run that saw him claim 11 of his next 14 by knockout"
Chance to shine
All the talk on Saturday focuses on the main attraction as Lomachenko takes on Campbell but the evening also gives some of British boxing's best and brightest the chance to sparkle before a global audience. The undercard is packed with talent and they are all desperate to snatch a share of the limelight at the O2 Arena.
One little man looking to make a big name for himself if Charlie Edwards and the popular Londoner puts his WBC world flyweight title on the line against exciting Mexican Julio Cesar Martinez Aguilar over 12 rounds. Win this bout and Edwards will catapult himself towards a money-spinning unification against the division's top names.
Edwards learned the hard way
Charlie Edwards brings a professional record of 15 wins against one defeat and he is also holder of the WBC world title. The 5ft 6inch orthodox suffered his only defeat to date when losing in the 10th round of an IBF world title tilt three years ago, stopped at this venue by John Riel Casimero. It was thought Edwards was a victim of his own success that night, forced onto the world championship scene before he was completely ready.
As the old saying in boxing goes, you only lose when you don't learn, and Charlie certainly picked up a thing or two that evening. The youngster didn't get the desired result, but he did come back stronger for the experience and went on a run of form that saw him win each of his next seven, taking three of those inside the distance. That trail of glory also had him defeat Cristofer Rosales on points to realise a career long dream of becoming champion of the world.
Edwards was last seen outpointing Angel Moreno at the Copper Box Arena in Stratford to successfully defend his strap. He dropped his opponent in the eighth round, on-route to a comfortable decision, winning by 13 points on each of the three scorecards. The Betfair Exchange offers another win as [1.32] favourite, while a third points cheer on the bounce is 8/13 with the Sportsbook.
Aguilar stunned Selby last time
Julio Cesar Martinez Aguilar rates as one of the most exciting prospects in the division at the moment and arrives with a record of 14 wins against just one defeat. No less than 11 of his victories to date have come by way of knockout, resulting in a frightening 73% KO average. That stat alone will keep members of Team Edwards up at night.
El Rey's only defeat came on his debut when losing a split decision to Joaquin Cruz, but he was determined enough and talented enough to ensure that false start didn't squash his love for the game. Many fighters would've reconsidered their decision to turn pro following an opening night defeat, but Aguilar was confident in his ability, and he was right to be. The Mexican went on a devastating run that saw him claim 11 of his next 14 by knockout. He'll aim to go on the front foot against Edwards and test the local fighter's chin in the early rounds.
The visitor's main achievement to date was stopping Andrew Selby in the fifth-round last time out and that will ensure there's an interest on him dishing out a similar punishment to Edwards. Aguilar to win the fight is 23/10 on the Betfair Sportsbook. That's attractive enough, but it can't compare to the 5/2 for another KO/TKO. He has never been the 12-round distance, so if you plan on backing him, the stoppage win seems the best option.