We weigh up the credentials of IBF flyweight world champion Sunny Edwards and Andres Campos as the two unbeaten 108lb campaigners get set to headline Matchroom’s London card on Saturday night.
For Edwards (1/16), this weekend’s bout provides him the opportunity to further cement his standing as one of British boxing’s current pound-for-pound stars, whilst Chilean hopeful Campos knows that a stunning 9/1 upset victory would catapult him to the summit of the flyweight division.
Fighting under the promotional banner of Eddie Hearn for the first time - and showcasing his talents on the global streaming platform of DAZN - Edwards puts his IBF strap on the line with one eye on potential blockbuster unification showdowns with the likes of Jesse ‘Bam’ Rodriguez and Julio Cesar Martinez.
There’s no doubt that those more glamorous and money-spinning occasions lie in wait, but first and foremost, the Londoner has to get the job done against an opponent who has made the trip from South America hell bent on derailing the Edwards express.
Campos may not have stepped inside the ropes with anybody of the calibre of the 27-year-old, but he certainly hasn’t been shy in voicing his pre-fight confidence, vowing to inflict a first professional defeat upon his slick and classy opponent during fight week.
We take a look at the make-up of the two men as they get set to lock-horns at the SSE Wembley Arena.
|Sunny Edwards (1/16)||Andres Campos (9/1)|
|Height||5ft 3ins||5ft 3.5ins|
|Trainer||Grant Smith||Hernan Gauto|
|Record||19-0 (4 KOs)||15-0 (4 KOs)|
|Titles||IBF flyweight champion||Former WBO Latino flyweight champion|
|Last Fight||W - (UD) v Felix Alvarado (Nov 2022)||W - (TKO) v Dario Ruben Ruiz (Jan 2023)|
It's been seven months since we last saw the supremely talented Edwards in action, but a lot has changed for the 27-year-old since then.
Regarded as one of the most talented fighters of his generation, the Londoner has recently buried the hatchet with Eddie Hearn, following their well-publicised back and forth, to become the latest member of his boxing stable. It could be a move that paves the way for the fighter to fulfil his vast potential.
Make no mistake about it, Edwards in an immense talent, and whilst he maybe doesn't carry the knockout power to appease those looking for highlight reels stoppages, he more than makes up for that with his technical abilities and in-ring IQ.
Hearn is no mug, and, in , he has acquired a fighter who he truly believes could become one of the sport's modern-day pound-for-pound stars.
He's a sublime technician in every sense of the word, and lives firmly up to his 'Showtime' moniker with his craft, movement, speed and slickness - traits that were all evident when he put himself onto the flyweight pedestal by capturing his maiden world title against Moruti Mthalane two years ago.
Edwards has continued to go from strength to strength since, and now holds aspirations of fully unifying a stacked and exciting 108lb division.
Only time will tell whether he can fulfil that dream.
|In-ring IQ||Can be overconfident|
|Superb movement||Takes unnecessary shots|
The relatively unknown Chilean has touched down in the United Kingdom with bad intentions.
After spending the best part of the last couple of years calling out Edwards on social media, the 26-year-old finally has the world title opportunity he has craved for so long.
By his own admission, the 15-0 fighter won't be fighting for himself and his team this weekend, as he's also fuelled by a burning desire to become his nation's first bona-fide boxing world champion.
Campos is adamant that he is the man to end that wait - speaking boldly and confidently of 'putting Edwards to sleep before the final bell', whilst claiming he is 'by far the best opponent that Edwards will have ever traded blows with'.
Strong words indeed for a technician who hasn't previously fought anybody near the same level as his forthcoming opponent - one who is regarded as a future pound-for-pound star by many in the sport.
Still, Campos does possess plenty of experience despite his age, having fought in almost 100 professional and amateur bouts; the vast majority of which have taken place outside the shores of his home country.
He certainly isn't one to be overawed by such an occasion as this, but the big questions is whether he can truly back up his words and threaten the title reign of Edwards.
We will soon find out.
|Good movement||Needlessly looks for the big shot|
|Good left hook||Not fought at this level|
|Height and reach advantage||Exchanges too much|