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Sunny Edwards set for British title clash against Marcel Braithwaite

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Sunny ‘Showtime’ Edwards 13-0 (4) will fight for the vacant British super flyweight title when he takes on with English champion Marcel Braithwaite 9-1 at the Copper Box Arena at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London on December 21.

The 23-year-old from Croydon has won various regional titles at 115-pounds but moved down to flyweight for his last bout, a 10-round unanimous decision win over Rosendo Guarneros in September.

The Edwards-Braithwaite clash will take place on the undercard of the heavyweight clash between hot British prospect Daniel ‘Dynamite’ Dubois 13-0 (12) and Kyotaro Fujimoto 22-1 (13) of Japan.

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“I couldn’t be more happy,” Edwards said to London News Online. “I had sort of given up on the prospect of fighting for the British title any time soon, which is why I made the move down to flyweight with a view towards world titles sooner rather than later.

“Then a few months ago Marcel called me out and then won the English title, so it has all worked out that I finish the year with a British title shot. I have really been in the number one position for the last year at least.

“I wanted a fun fight. There is a bit of needle there and I am going to show complete levels. There will be very few people backing against me for this one but, at the same time, he is lively, he wants to have a go and this is his chance at the big time.

“He is going from boxing on small-hall shows on small YouTube channels to boxing on BT Sport and he has got me to thank for that.

“He got offered the fight in June for July, I think it was. They turned it down and then a couple of weeks later he puts on Twitter that I am saying nobody will fight me and he will fight me before the end of the year.

“I went ‘fair enough’ and had my fights before he beat Craig Derbyshire – on a split decision – and now what he said is coming to fruition.

“Me and him actually used to be friends and shared rooms together on Team England and would support each other. Then, one day, he unfollowed me on Instagram because apparently I don’t like enough of his pictures.

“He has called me a bitch and I think he just got a bit excited with his little leather belt. On December 21 it will be a reality check for him and I just hope that no ghost injuries come out of nowhere and there is no U-turn.

“Like I said, he has got me to thank for this because the purse he is getting isn’t because he is Marcel Braithwaite, it is because he is fighting Sunny Edwards.

“He is just a bang average fighter who is getting the opportunity just because he is British and nobody else wants it.”

The 25-year-old Braithwaite claimed English belt by beating Craig Derbyshire for the second time in October.

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