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Sunny Edwards and Jesse Rodriguez agree to flyweight unification bout

Sunny Edwards. Photo courtesy of MTK Global
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A mega-fight in the flyweight division is set to be officially announced soon.

England’s Sunny Edwards (20-0, 4KOs) is expected to defend his 112-pound IBF trinket against Jesse ‘Bam’ Rodriguez (18-0, 11KOs) sometime before the end of the year, somewhere in the west coast of the US.

Matchroom’s Eddie Hearn appeared very excited in a video posted on social media announcing the bout but offering no further details.

“The fight is now signed, one hundred percent. It will be late November, early December in the U.S. on the West Coast,” said Hearn to a group of media members in New York while promoting the Edgar Berlanga-Jason Quigley bout. “This is pound-for-pound one of the best fights in boxing.”


Edwards had lifted the IBF belt in a dominant win over long-reigning titlist Moruti Mthalane back in 2021. He has been calling out fellow titlist Julio Cesar Martinez, but the Rodriguez fight seems to be a much better clash of styles for both fighters.

Rodriguez vacated the WBC junior bantamweight title with the goal of becoming unified flyweight champion. He got the vacant WBO belt as the first step on that journey when he defeated Cristian Gonzalez on April 8 in San Antonio.