IBF flyweight champion Sunny Edwards has told his brother Charlie he has to climb the rankings if he ever wants to set up an unlikely family fight and a crack at his world title.
Edwards returns to the ring on June 10 against Andres Campos in his first fight since signing for Matchroom but talk regarding a clash with older brother Charlie won’t go away.
The pair used to train together but they have not been on talking terms for a while now and an historic all-Edwards derby is now not out of the question.
Charlie, 30, is a former WBC flyweight champion but he has not boxed since December 2021 and 27-year-old Sunny insists he will not be handing him any opportunities while he is in ‘obscurity’.
He said: “Charlie has been calling me out but I don’t think he would ever fight me. I think he’s a clout-chaser and that’s what this is about.
“It might have hurt him a little bit that I just signed with his old promoter and he wanted a bit of attention. Who could begrudge him that? I’d hate to be my brother too.
“First and foremost, he needs to work his way up the rankings. He’s in the middle of obscurity at the moment, to be calling my name when I’m top of the game, world champion with a lot of career prospects and storylines.
“There’s too much in front of me and not enough in front of him. He wasn’t calling out his little brother when he was a world champion, he didn’t give me a world shot did he? And if he did I would have taken it off him then. Cheeky c-nt. And he knows that as well.”
Edwards admits their mother Terry would hate it if her sons were to fight each other for real but he says their father Larry, who was the driving force behind their start in boxing, has always hoped it would happen.
“My mum’s opinion has always been that she doesn’t even want us to box so you can imagine what her opinion would be on us actually fighting each other,” Edwards added.
“But my dad spent my whole childhood telling everyone who would listen that he has the two best boxers Britain has ever seen. Better than the Klitschko brothers or anyone who has ever been before - the best.
“To a certain degree, us both winning world titles kind of proved it. So now he believes the world deserves what he has seen his whole life.
“But when I was 14, 15, 16 I was mixing it with my brother who was three years older than me. At aged 18, he stopped ever wanting to spar me again. I wasn’t invited to spar him. He does not spar me. My dad just wants to see an exhibition between, in his eyes, the best fighters that Britain have ever had. He thinks it would be something that’s never been done before.
“If I ever got offered it, don’t think I’m turning it down but I don’t think I’ll get it offered.”
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