Sunny Edwards provided a valid case for why he should be regarded as the best flyweight in the world.
That said, he still wants to prove in the ring rather than in a debate over credentials.
The unbeaten IBF flyweight titlist remains hopeful of title unification showdown versus two-division and reigning WBO titlist Jesse ‘Bam’ Rodriguez (18-0, 11KOs) later this year. Edwards addressed the fight immediately after his most recent win, a twelve-round decision over Chile’s Andres Campos (15-1, 4KOs) for the fourth defense of his title this past Saturday at OVO Arena Wembley in London.
“When Bam Rodriguez announced that he was coming to flyweight, he announced that he was coming to fight me for my world title in the UK,” Edwards was quick to remind DAZN viewers following his latest victory. “He didn’t come to the UK, he didn’t come for my title, he went to face a no-hoper in some far away land, and he won a vacant title.
“Who cares about that? He wants to negotiate 50/50, I’ll negotiate 50/50. I want big fights to create my legacy.”
Matchroom Boxing has promotional ties to both unbeaten flyweight titlists as well as Mexico’s WBC champ Julio Cesar Martinez (20-2, 15KOs; 2NC). WBA flyweight titlist Artem Dalakian (22-0, 15KOs) is the lone divisional beltholder under separate representation, as the unbeaten Ukrainian fights for Union Boxing Promotions.
Of the four, Edwards (20-0, 4KOs) is the only one to claim a flyweight belt with a win over a reigning titlist. His two-plus year reign began with a dominant points win over long-reigning Moruti Mhtalane in April 2021.
Rodriguez became a two-division titlist with a twelve-round win over Cristian Gonzalez on April 8 in his hometown of San Antonio, Texas. The diminutive boxer-puncher fought through a broken jaw for more six rounds to prevail and claim the WBO flyweight title vacated by Junto Nakatani,
Dalakian is the division’s longest reigning titleholder but entered his reign with a win over faded former titlist Brian Viloira in their vacant WBA title fight.
Martinez knocked out former titlist Cristofer Rosales in the ninth round of their December 2019 vacant WBC flyweight title fight. The belt was vacated by Charlie Edwards, Sunny’s brother whom Martinez initially dethroned via third round knockout before the outcome was immediately overturned to a No-Contest. The elder Edwards didn’t want any part of a Martinez rematch or another fight at flyweight, leading to the vacancy.
“There’s three other people that are saying the same thing that I am when I’m the only one in my division that has beaten a world champion,” noted Edwards. “All of these fighters are vacant title holders. They’re not fighting champions; they’re not beating champions. They’re picking the easiest opponent.”
Matchroom’s Eddie Hearn previously informed BoxingScene.com of his full intention to proceed with a flyweight tournament, both before and after his company signed Edwards. Plans for an Edwards-Rodriguez unification will largely depend on how soon Rodriguez can fully heal and return to the ring.
Jake Donovan is a senior writer for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox