Last night, the atmosphere at Sheffield’s Firth Park Boxing Academy saw IBF World Flyweight Champion, Sunny Edwards, visit the youth and made a promise he intends to keep. Edwards promised to bring the WBO championship back to Sheffield after his upcoming December face-off with Jesse ‘Bam’ Rodriguez in the desert.
The bout is widely considered to be the two best flyweights in the world facing each other on December 16 at the Desert Diamond Arena in Arizona, the unification bout will be broadcast live worldwide on DAZN.
“The best night of my career to date was when I beat Moruti Mthalane and I was perceived to be the underdog," said Edwards. "I showed then that I don’t care to be seen that way. I think it’s the same going in against Bam and I’m fine with that because believe me, my friends are going to have a tidy Christmas."
Edwards, who will be once again viewed as a slight underdog is not letting anyone deter his self-belief. Edwards has embraced everything that comes along with this fight even going as far as saying it will be a memorable Christmas for his fans and friends.
“I’m extremely confident in any ring I get in. I know the position I am in and what I am operating in right now," said Edwards about the biggest fight of his life. "Even before my recent 10-day media tour, I was on a two-week training camp in Tenerife, sparring every other day for 12 or 14 rounds, so I’m absolutely flying. As soon as I was back in the gym in Sheffield this week, I was back to ten-rounds. My weight is perfect, my camp is going great, and I can’t see my opponent even being ready. I’ll be there and I’ll be 100%."
Edwards acknowledged the crucial role gyms like Firth Park Boxing Academy play in shaping young fighters, as he focused on motivating the youth prior to his massive fight. Edwards actively participates in community events, underscoring the theme of this event which was giving back and inspiring the youth.
“It’s fantastic to visit gyms like this across the country and see all the good things they are doing for local communities," said Matchroom Boxinglocal CEO, Frank Smith about the local event Edwards was involved with. "You can see what it means to the youngsters whenever we turn up and we’re proud to be able to support clubs like we do. Last week, we reopened Britain’s oldest amateur boxing club and we have many more exciting plans in the pipeline to offer our help to gyms up and down the country."