- Jessie Bam Rodriguez vs Sunny Edwards Is Now Signed And Will Happen Next
- The Much-Anticipated Contest Will See The #1 and #2 Flyweights Collide
- Rodriguez’s WBO and Edward’s IBF Flyweight Titles On The Line In Unification
WBO Flyweight champion Jesse ‘Bam’ Rodriguez (18-0, 11 KOs) and IBF titleist Sunny Edwards (20-0, 4 KOs) will collide in a colossal, transatlantic unification fight later this year, Matchroom Boxing has confirmed. The clash, which sees a battle between the two best fighters in the division, will be shown live on DAZN.
Rodriguez, a two-division champion, rose to fame last year when he stepped up two weight classes on ten days’ notice to floor and outpoint Mexico’s Carlos Cuadras back in February claiming the vacant WBC world title.
The American then produced a masterful performance against the highly-regarded Srisaket Sor Runvisai becoming the first fighter to stop Rungvisai in 13 years, Rodriguez has since had back-to-back underwhelming displays, going the distance against Israel Gonzalez and Cristian Gonzalez – but still winning convincingly.
Edwards dominated South Africa’s Moruti Mthalane to win his IBF strap in April 2021. Since then, the 27-year-old has made four defences of his title, craving a unification fight. The Brit signed with Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom before his latest defence in the hopes of landing the legacy bouts and in the second fight of his deal has finally gotten his wish.
Bam Rodriguez vs Sunny Edwards Date/Location
The undefeated world champions will meet later this year in November and potentially on the west coast, Eddie Hearn has revealed to International Boxing News. Rodriguez has headlined three times in his last four fights, twice in Texas and once in Phoenix.
The fight is likely to land in a Hispanic city with a strong boxing community which could include Los Angeles, San Diego and Phoenix.
The trilogy fight between Roman Gonzalez and Juan Francisco Estrada reportedly sold 6,828 tickets for a $445,480 gate. Bam’s June fight last year sold 1,809 tickets for a $195,230 gate – both numbers according to the respective commissions.
Matchroom will be hoping the build-up to the fight and the already strong interest in the bout can elevate either Rodriguez or Edwards to stardom in the US, aiming to beat the successes of Estrada-Chocolatitio 3.
Bam Rodriguez-Sunny Edwards is undoubtedly one of the best fights in the sport and the winner will emerge with a legitimate claim to be a P4P top 10 fighter.
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