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Sunny Edwards v Jesse ‘Bam’ Rodriguez: Fight date, time, undercard & how to watch

Unbeaten duo Sunny Edwards and Jesse 'Bam' Rodriguez meet in a flyweight world title fight in Glendale, Arizona, this weekend, and we've got everything you need to know ahead of the monumental showdown.

British hopeful Edwards is fighting is making his US debut, while two-weight world champion Rodriguez is defending his WBO flyweight title for the first time.

Sunny Edwards v Jesse Rodriguez: All You Need To Know


Sunny Edwards v Jesse Rodriguez date

The fight is due to take place on Saturday 16th December in Arizona, USA, meaning it will be held in the early hours of Sunday morning for UK viewers on December 17th.

Sunny Edwards v Jesse Rodriguez time

The fight is expected to get underway at around 04:00 for viewers in the UK, although this is based upon the length of the undercard fights.

Where is Sunny Edwards v Jesse Rodriguez?

The bout is taking place at the Desert Diamond Arena in Glendale, Arizona. The venue is the former home of NHL franchise Arizona Coyotes and has previously hosted events in boxing and UFC.

Away from sports, the Desert Diamond Arena has hosted concerts by the likes of The Rolling Stones, Rage Against the Machine, Billie Eilish, The Eagles and Taylor Swift among others.

How to watch Sunny Edwards v Jesse Rodriguez?

The fight will be shown on streaming service DAZN for viewers in the UK.

Edwards vs Rodriguez is not a PPV event, but DAZN does require a subscription fee, which is available on a month-by-month basis.

Are there any belts on the line in Sunny Edwards v Jesse Rodriguez?

Yes, both fighters are putting belts on the line in this high-quality match-up as Edwards holds the IBF flyweight title and Rodriguez is the WBO champion. 

Sunny Edwards' profile & record

20-0 (4 KOs)

Edwards is unbeaten with 20 wins in as many fights, including four inside the distance.

The Sutton native made his debut in 2016 against Sergey Tasimov and became the super flyweight European champion the following year with a fourth-round TKO win over the previously unbeaten Ross Murray, recording a second career victory over a fighter with a winning record.

'Showtime' claimed the WBO International super flyweight title with a unanimous decision win over Junior Granadosin 2018 and defended that belt against Hiram Gallardo the following year.

Edwards stepped up to flyweight in September 2019 and landed the vacant IBF International and WBO Inter-Continental titles with a points win over Mexican Rosendo Hugo Guarneros.

The 27-year-old returned to super flyweight for his next assignment and was given a stern examination by Marcel Braithwaite in a British title fight.

Edwards was knocked down for the first time in his career in the seventh round but managed to recover and claim a unanimous decision win.

He moved up top flyweight in April 2021 and became a world champion for the first time as he claimed the IBF title from Moruti Mthalane at York Hall in Bethnal Green.

He has since defended the belt against Jayson Mama, Muhammad Waseem and Felix Alvarado - winning all of those contests via unanimous decision.

The Briton was last in action in June as he overcame the previously unbeaten Andres Campos, again via a unanimous decision, at Wembley Arena and he is currently ranked as the top active flyweight by The Ring Magazine. 

Jesse Rodriguez's profile & record

18-0 (11 KOs)

Jesse Rodriguez is unbeaten with 18 wins in as many fights and he has an impressive knockout rate for a flyweight, with 11 of his victories coming inside the distance.

'Bam' made his debut in 2017 with a decision win over Mauricio Cruz in a four-round contest and he claimed four stoppage wins in his next five fights before coming up against a fighter with a winning record for the first time, stopping Armando Vazquez with a body shot in the third round in 2018.

Rodriguez record another eight wins over relative unknowns, with six KOs, before securing his first title shot as he challenged Carlos Cuadras for the vacant WBC super flyweight title in February 2022.

The 23-year-old sent the veteran Mexican to the canvas in the third round, but Cuadras managed to recover and Rodriguez had to settle for a points win.

The San Antonio native defended that title twice, against Wisaksil Wangek and Israel Gonzalez, before moving up to flyweight.

Rodriguez’s last outing was his flyweight debut as he became a two-weight world champion, securing the vacant WBO belt with a points win over Cristian Gonzalez Hernandez in a hometown contest.

Sunny Edwards v Jesse Rodriguez odds & favourite

Rodriguez is the favourite to win this flyweight encounter at 4/9 and the American is 9/2 to secure a KO, TKO or Disqualification victory.

Edwards is rated at 13/8 to win by any method, or 2/1 to claim a decision or technical decision win.

Sunny Edwards v Jesse Rodriguez undercard

Undercard details for this bout have yet to be announced.

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