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Sunny Edwards says Bam Rodriguez is running scared ahead of December 16 clash

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IBF flyweight champion Sunny ‘Showtime’ Edwards 20-0 (4) has landed his dream fight against WBO counterpart Jesse ‘Bam’ Rodriguez 18-0 (11) at the Desert Diamond Arena in Glendale, Arizona on December 16.

The long rumoured showdown was officially announced on the weekend.

England’s Edwards, 27, has staked his claim as the number boxer in the world at 112-pounds since winning the IBF strap from skilled veteran Moruti Mthalane 40-3 (26) on points two-and-a-half years ago.

Four successful title defences have followed — all by decision — earning him the number one ranking by both The Ring and the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board.

Edwards spoke about the Rodriguez bout from ringside at the heavyweight clash between Anthony Joshua and Robert Helenius at the O2 Arena in London, England on Saturday night.

“Rodriguez should be here now. I know he’s running scared,” Edwards said. “His world title reign is over.

“I’m looking forward to being involved in one of the biggest flyweight world title fights in boxing history. It’s the real number one versus the real two.

“I would like to thank Eddie Hearn, Frank Smith, Matchroom Boxing and my team for getting me in this position and I’d also like to thank Bam and his team for accepting the fight. I am really looking forward to becoming one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world on December 16 in Arizona.”

American southpaw Rodriguez, 23, was campaigning as a junior flyweight when he got the call up for face Carlos Cuadras 41-5-1 (28) as a late replacement for the vacant WBC super flyweight title in February last year. Rodriguez jumped at the opportunity, defeating the Mexican veteran on points.

It was the beginning of what would become a breakout year for Rodriguez, who backed up with a win over another former world champion when he stopped Thailand’s Srisaket Sor Rungvisai 52-6-1 (44) in eight frames in June.

September saw him defend again against Mexican Israel Gonzalez 28-5-2 (11), winning on points before dropping down a division this past April to claim the vacant WBO flyweight title against another Mexican, Cristian Gonzalez 15-2 (5), by unanimous decision.

“I want to thank Matchroom, Teiken and my whole team for making this fight happen,” said Rodriguez. “This fight will allow me to showcase my skills and prove to everyone that I am not only the best flyweight in the world but one of the best fighters in the world period.

“I am excited to be back in Arizona where I first became a world champion, and I will be 100 percent ready to put on a show on December 16 and become unified world champion.”

With undisputed fever taking over boxing in recent years, the hope is that the winner of this bout can parlay their victory into a shot at either WBA boss Artem Dalakian 22-0 (15) of Ukraine or WBC kingpin Julio Cesar Martinez 20-2 (15) of Mexico.