Matchroom Signs Edwards, Catterall, Ryan

IBF flyweight champion Sunny Edwards and formersuper-lightweight world title challenger Jack Catterall are among three new signings announced Friday morning by Matchroom Boxing. Undefeated super-flyweight prospect Shannon Ryan (4-0), who is managed by Anthony Joshua’s 258, is also among the new signings, adding to Matchroom’s growing stable of female boxing talent.

Edwards (19-0, 4 KOs) won the IBF title via unanimous points decision over South Africa’s Moruti Mthalane in April 2021 and has defended it three times, most recently against Nicaraguan Felix Alvarado last November. Catterall’s lone shot so far at a title ended with a highly controversial points defeat by then-undisputed 140-pound champion Josh Taylor in February 2022. Catterall (26-1, 13 KOs) has not fought since, and attempts to negotiate a rematch with Taylor have proven unsuccessful. 

Edwards had most recently been with the now-defunct Probellum Promotions, while Catterall had announced just last August that he had signed a multi-fight deal with Boxxer.

"I'm excited for the next phase of my career," said Catterall. "There are going to be some huge nights in the future and I'm excited to get the ball rolling and to be involved in some career-defining fights over the next couple of years. I have been working tremendously hard in the gym and I will be ready for any opportunity that presents itself."

Edwards is now hoping to take the next step in his career – becoming a unified champion in his division before moving up to other weight classes.

“I'm not content defending world titles, I need more,” he said.

"First I want to unify whilst collecting the Ring Magazine Title. It has always been a big dream of mine to hold arguably the biggest prize in boxing today. It seems as if [WBC title holder Julio Cesar] Martinez is the man for that, but at this point it's whoever comes first. I'm looking forward to the challenges ahead, whatever they may be, bring me the fighter they tell me I can't beat – and repeat."