We analyse the credentials and statistics of Sunny Edwards and Jesse 'Bam' Rodriguez as the flyweight sensations get set for their hotly-anticipated unification showdown in Arizona in the early hours of Sunday, December 17.
While the heavyweight division continues to take up the column inches there is a mega-fight brewing all the way down at flyweight.
In the small hours of Sunday December 17, in Glendale, Arizona, fight fans will be able to tick Jesse ‘Bam’ Rodriguez v Sunny Edwards off their wishlist.
A fight which has been brewing for a couple of years was confirmed back in August, four months away from the event. It pits two of the best talents in boxing at a stage of their careers which isn’t too late or too early.
Everything about this matchup should appeal to boxing fans... it’s near perfect.
The winner of this flyweight unification will rubber stamp their credentials as the best in class at 108lbs, and also open doors to further marquee fights against living legends like Roman ‘Chocolatito’ Gonzalez and British sensation Galal Yafai.
But who wins this highly anticipated duel just seven days out from the heavyweight division’s ‘Day of Reckoning’?
It’s time for Tale of the Tape...
|18-0 (11 KO's)
|20-0 (4 KO's)
|Won - (UD) v Cristian Hernandez (Apr 2023)
|Won - (UD) v Andres Campos (Jun 2023)
Jesse ‘Bam’ Rodriguez may be the next boxing superstar that travels through the weights to unimaginable achievements.
In his 15th fight Rodriguez dominated veteran Mexican Carlos Cuadras with a performance that drew comparisons to Vasiliy Lomachenko.
Victory gave Rodriguez the WBC Super-Flyweight title. Two successful defences later Rodriguez is now at flyweight, defending the WBO belt he picked up by beating Cristian Gonzalez.
Rodriguez suffered a broken jaw during the contest and rather than return to a fight where he can find his feet again, he has chosen a unification and one of the trickiest challenges in boxing.
This time around, Rodriguez will not be tackling easy-to-hit grizzled veterans who gave fans memorable nights at the smaller weights over the last 10 years.
Sunny Edwards is fresh, confident and with very little mileage on the clock.
Rodriguez is a supremely special talent, but on December 17 he knows that he will have to deliver a career best performance to maintain his upward trajectory.
|Open to body shots on the counter
|Can get greedy with punch output
|Vulnerable to left hooks
Making his American debut against a young fighter tipped for greatness is exactly the type of moment Sunny Edwards was born for.
For years Edwards has been kicking at the door to be let in eager to impress on the big stage.
If he has ever been guilty of fighting to the level of his opponent, then on December 17 nothing less than his A-game will do.
‘Bam’ Rodriguez will look to prevent the Brit getting into any rhythm and aim to unsettle him early on. Edwards won’t be lacking in confidence and absolutely knows he has to be in the best form of his professional fighting career.
There's no doubt that Edwards talks the talk, but he can certainly also walk the walk!
He's a marmite figure amongst the British boxing faithful, but whether you love him or loathe him you can't question his boxing talent.
Fighting Jesse Rodriguez will tell us how special Sunny Edwards is.
|Controls distance well
|Can switch off
|Lack of power
|Ragged when trying to over-impress
|Breaking high guards
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