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Sunny Edwards greedy for all the titles, starting with Bam Rodriguez

Sunny Edwards. Photo credit: MTK Global

IBF flyweight champion Sunny ‘Showtime’ Edwards 20-0 (4) is demanding a unification bout with WBO counterpart Jesse ‘Bam’ Rodriguez 18-0 (11) and it looks like he just might get it.

The 27-year-old Edwards clearly defeated Chile’s Andres Campos on points at Wembley Arena in London on Saturday night and took no time in calling out the 23-year-old Texan.

“When Bam Rodriguez announced that he was coming to flyweight, he announced that he was coming to fight me for my world title in the UK,” Edwards said following his win.

“He didn’t come to the UK, he didn’t come for my title, he went to face a no-hoper in some far away land and he won a vacant title.

“Who cares about that? He wants to negotiate 50/50, I’ll negotiate 50/50. I want big fights to create my legacy.”

According to his promoter Eddie Hearn – who also represents Rodriguez – that could happen sooner rather than later.

“I’m really confident we can get it done in the next two weeks,” the Matchroom Boxing boss said. “Maybe even by the end of this week. The fight will be staged in the US.

“We were close to doing a deal last week and he was going to fly over to do a face off in the ring but we couldn’t get a deal done. We are very close.

“I know that we still need to get it done but I genuinely believe he wants to do the fight. Robert Garcia knows it’s a very tough fight, it’s a 50-50 fight. Two great fighters.

“Sunny against Jesse is the toughest fight for Edwards but I think it’s the best fight in the division, but if it’s there we have got to do it.

“If Sunny goes to America and beats Bam, he becomes a British great in my opinion. I think the Americans will love him and the Brits will give him a lot of respect. That’s how you become a star.

“I think he has the potential to be pound-for-pound number one. But if he beats Jesse Rodriguez you’ve got a right to say he is the top pound-for-pound British fighter.”

Last year there was talk of Edwards facing another Matchroom boxer, WBC titleholder Julio Cesar Martinez 20-2 (15), who decided to go another direction instead. In December he laboured to a majority decision victory over the then 8-0 Samuel Carmona and in May it took him 11 rounds to put away Ronal Batista 15-3 (9).

Rodriguez clearly represents the bigger challenge for the superbly talented Edwards, who is adamant he wants to round up all the belts to be known as the best 112-pound boxer on the planet.

“There’s three other people that are saying the same thing that I am when I’m the only one in my division that has beaten a world champion,” Edwards said.

“All of these fighters are vacant title holders. They’re not fighting champions; they’re not beating champions. They’re picking the easiest opponent.”