SUNNY EDWARDS successfully defended his IBF flyweight title for the fourth time with a comfortable unanimous decision victory over Andres Campos but this was a performance of style over substance.
The 27-year-old was rarely troubled against the previously undefeated Chilean on what was Edwards’ first appearance since signing a promotional deal with Matchroom.
He hopes the alliance will line up unification fights with the likes of Jesse ‘Bam’ Rodriguez and Julio Cesar Martinez, who also box on DAZN,
And Edwards, now 20-0 (4), admitted after beating Campos that he needs to face one of the division’s other champions if he is ever to produce his best.
“I want the big fights because you will never get the best out of me in a fight like that,” Edwards said afterwards.
“I knew it was going to be tough. Do I think I’m a better fighter then him? One hundred per cent. Do I think I’m levels above him? One hundred per cent but I know a had a job to do.”
After 12 rounds, all three judges returned identical scores of 117-111. Edwards added: “I was counting the rounds in there, I know the three rounds he got. I let him have them so it wasn't too boring. I thought I hurt him a couple of times but he didn’t really give me the chance to stop it.
“He caught me with a couple of shots but there was not one time when he pinned me down.”
Edwards was showboating inside the first 10 seconds of the fight, mocking Campos for missing wide with his first few shots. He calls himself ‘Showtime’ and he has emerged as one of the most prominent showmen in British boxing.
He really started to dig into his box of tricks in the second but it was doing little to slow Campos, who was as game as they come and showing few signs of frustration.
Edwards was not his elusive self at times and appeared to be holding his feet for more often than usual. However, although he seemed to be attempting to land with more venom as a result, Campos was only occasionally wobbled.
The champion also spent plenty of time on the ropes, seemingly at will, in a bid to show that he could dominate from whichever position he found himself.
However, as the rounds wore on at a largely empty Wembley Arena, the fun began to drain from the performance. It was not the sort of showing that will have Rodriguez or Martinez worried.
“This was a performance that might make some of the other champions a bit more keen to fight him,” Hearn said.
“I want to see him go through the gears a little bit more and that will happen against some of the other fighters who will give it a go.
“He will fight everybody and he needs to. You won’t see the best of Sunny Edwards against Campos.”