Anthony Nelson has failed in his bid to win the WBA Continental super-flyweight title.
The South Shields fighter, in his first major fight for two years, was knocked down three times, before the younger man ended the contest with a heavy shot in the third round.
From the opener it was clear Edwards was the quicker, sharper man.
Nelson came out, keen to apply the pressure, and had some success in the first three minutes, despite Edwards establishing the jab early doors.
In the second, came the first knockdown - Nelson felled by a sharp right.
And despite covering from the wobble, Edwards caught him with a sickening uppercut later on in the round which did for Nelson again.
Spirited in the third, the Sanddancer knew he had to come out fighting. But despite having the best round of his three, Nelson was again put down in third and it was a shot that brought the fight to an early close.