When it comes to naming the best fighters in the world, the list usually features the same cast of worthy characters. Terence Crawford, Naoya Inoue, Oleksandr Usyk, and Canelo Alvarez all occupy one of those top slots. While warranted, Sunny Edwards believes that his skills aren’t given enough recognition.
“I feel like me at my best, I’m the best fighter on the planet,” Edwards told Matchroom Boxing.
Fast, slick, and one of the best trash-talkers around, the current IBF flyweight titlist will have the opportunity to prove that he isn’t just bloviating nonstop. On December 16th, at the Desert Diamond Arena in Glendale, Arizona, Edwards (20-0, 4 KOs) will look to unify the division when he takes on WBO champion, Jesse Rodriguez.
Not known as a hard hitter or knockout artist, the 27-year-old Edwards normally boxes his way to wide decision victories. Just a few short months ago, he used that box-first approach to score a fairly lopsided win against Andres Campos. Still, even with a championship reign that’s on the verge of reaching five years, Edwards, according to oddsmakers, isn’t expected to take care of business against the 23-year-old Rodriguez.
With only a handful of fights underneath his belt, Rodriguez (18-0, 11 KOs) has already grabbed championship wins against the likes of Carlos Cuadras and Wisaksil Wangek.
Being an underdog, however, isn’t something that Edwards is taking offense to. By and large, he knows that some of the things he says may come off as a bit over the top. After December 16th, nevertheless, Edwards believes that his words will hold a lot more weight.
“People think I’m deluded, I know that. I've proved time and time again against some of the best fighters in the world that I’m one of the best, if not the best fighter in the world. Definitely at flyweight.”