Flyweight unification between Rodriguez-Edwards being pursed for December 16

The flyweight unification bout between WBO flyweight world champion Jesse Rodriguez & IBF world champion Sunny Edwards is edging closer towards being finalised for the latter months of 2023.

The reports of the developments between Rodriguez and Edwards first originated from Internternational Boxing News, which reported the developments overnight.

Matchroom Boxing is targeting December 16th to bring together the two flyweight world champions, which would headline a DAZN card with the venue in play being the Desert Diamond Arena in Arizona, USA.

There will be no issue’s agreeing terms between the pair following confirmation during the summer that terms had already been agreed upon between the fighters and that a date and venue were being sought after.

Rodriguez (18-0), a two-weight world champion following a brief stint as WBC super-flyweight champion, dropped to flyweight in April of this year to contest the vacant WBO world flyweight title. Rodriguez would defeat Cristian Gonzalez over twelve rounds to claim a comfortable points win but suffered a broken jaw in the contest, delaying any bout with Edwards during the latter summer months.

Meanwhile, Edwards (20-0) has competed at flyweight for all of his career so far, becoming the IBF world champion in April 2021 victory over long-reigning titlist Moruti Mthalane. Edwards has since built on his title success with four world title defences, with his latest outing coming in June with a points win over Andres Campos. Coincidently, Edwards made his promotional debut under the Matchroom banner against Campos.

Promoter Eddie Hearn is plotting a tournament between the respective flyweight world champion and hoping to manufacture an undisputed world champion in the flyweight weight class.

The contest between the pair is one of the most exciting fights which can be made in the flyweight weight class, not just due to a clash of styles but due to each fighter’s confident personality. Since becoming the IBF world champion, Edwards has been calling out every flyweight belt holder and signed with Matchroom earlier this year to make his wishes a reality.

Rodriguez, who remains only 23 years old, is already a two-weight world champion, as previously mentioned. Rodriguez would fight former world champion Carlos Cuadras on six days’ notice in February last year to claim the vacant WBC super-flyweight world title. Successful defences followed against Wisaksil Wangek & Israel Gonzalez before returning to his natural weight flyweight weight class.