Charlie Edwards reckons he produced some of his best ever boxing on Saturday night to win the vacant WBC International Silver flyweight title.

The 23-year-old beat former British title challenger Luke Milton over 10 rounds at the Manchester Arena in a convincing 100-90 points decision.

However, it was a classic tale of no pain no gain for the former Beddington boxer after he injured his hand in the third round.

Up until that point, the former Team GB and Earlsfield ABC representative, who fought on the undercard of Carl Frampton’s unified WBA and IBF world super-bantamweight title victory over Scott Quigg, says he was at his very best since switching to the paid ranks 13 months ago.

Edwards, who is now unbeaten in seven pro fights, said: “It was a great fight and Wilton was a very tough man. He kept on coming, his head was so hard.

“My first three rounds was probably the best rounds I ever boxed in my career.

“My left hand went so I had to kind of play about with him and try not letting him notice that my hand went.

“I was just teeing him up and catching him with all kind of shots. I don’t think he really hit me clean at all.

“I really boxed great and to have a bad hand, keep going on and switching southpaw is a great experience. It could happen in a world title fight.”

Edwards, who also holds the English flyweight title, is now ranked number 15 in the WBC world rankings after Saturday’s victory.

He added: “It was a good learning fight for me. I felt like if I didn’t hurt my hand I would have stopped him. I just couldn’t go again, I was in second gear all the way through.”

Promoter Eddie Hearn will now be looking to secure Edwards a shot at the British title, currently held by Liverpool’s Kevin Satchell, but Edwards, who lives in Epsom, would love to trade blows with fellow prospect Andrew Selby, the older brother of IBF world featherweight champion Lee Selby, sometime in the future.

He said: “If the money’s right I’ll fight anyone, including the likes of Andrew Selby. I rate him as a world class fighter and I’m also a world class fighter.

“We will fight and I’m confident I will beat him. But it’s when the time is right and when the money is right.”