Sunny Edwards returns to the fray on Friday to defend his IBF flyweight championship against Felix Alvarado at the Sheffield Arena in Sheffield, England.
Talented 112-pound titleholder Sunny Edwards will defend his title against former 108-pound champ Felix Alvarado on Friday in Sheffield, England.
Edwards (18-0, 4 KOs) wrenched the title from long-reigning champ Moruti Mthalane (UD 12) in April 2021. It was a career-best performance and the talented Englishman followed up with a pair of dominant unanimous decision wins over Jayson Mama and Muhammad Waseem.
Many expect Nicaraguan destroyer Felix Alvarado, 33, to provide the slippery Edwards with the most difficult test of his career to date. A former IBF junior flyweight champ, Alvarado has an eye-popping record of 38-2 (33 KOs) and he is unbeaten over the past eight years.
The 26-year-old Edwards has long pursued a clash against WBC counterpart Julio Cesar Martinez. Should he prevail against Alvarado, then a unification matchup against the Mexican brawler may finally come to fruition.Edwards is closing in on showdowns with the top little men in the world – stars like Julio Cesar Martinez and Bam Rodriguez – but he must get past the capable Alvarado first. The 26-year-old Londoner, a superb boxer, won his belt by defeating two-time champion Moruti Mthalane in April of last year. He then successfully defended against Jayson Mama and Muhammad Waseem, winning both fights by wide decisions. Alvarado, a 33-year-old Nicaraguan, held a 108-pound title from 2018 until he gave it up this year and moved up to 112. He made his flyweight debut in May, when he stopped Luis Cerrito Hernandez in four rounds. He hasn’t lost since back-to-back setbacks in 2013 and 2014, after which he has won 20 consecutive fights.