Home Boxing News Bam Rodriguez heads into Sunny Edwards unification bout brimming with confidence

Bam Rodriguez heads into Sunny Edwards unification bout brimming with confidence

Jesse 'Bam' Rodriguez. Photo credit: Ed Mulholland/Matchroom Boxing

WBO flyweight champion Jesse ‘Bam’ Rodriguez 18-0 (11) will face arguably the toughest challenge of his career when he takes on IBF counterpart Sunny ‘Showtime’ Edwards 20-0 (4) at the Desert Diamond Arena in Glendale, Arizona on December 16.

The 23-year-old southpaw from San Antonio, Texas burst onto the scene and into fans’ imagination when he jumped up two weight classes at short notice to face Carlos Cuadras 41-5-1 (28) for the vacant WBC super flyweight title in February last year.

Rodriguez has the Mexican veteran on the deck in the third and went on to win a unanimous decision.

Following a title defence against former world champion Srisaket Sor Rungvisai 53-6-1 (45) of Thailand that he won by eighth-round knockout in June last year and a points win over Israel Gonzalez 28-5-2 (11) of Mexico in September, Rodriguez dropped back down to flyweight to claim the vacant WBO 112-pound strap on the cards against Mexican Cristian Gonzalez Hernandez 15-2 (5) in April.

Edwards has made four successful title defences of the championship he won against South African veteran Moruti Mthalane 40-3 (26) two-and-a-half years ago.

The 27-year-old Brit has the type of elusive style that can be hard to look good against, let alone beat, but Rodriguez says he is up for the challenge.

“I’ve never been one to say no to a fight, I’ve always said yes,” Rodriguez said. “This is the best versus the best, it’s what every boxer dreams of, unifying titles. December 16 is going to be a movie.

“We’re two different people, he shows his confidence running his mouth, I show mine in the ring. I never have my will broken, in my last fight I broke my jaw and kept going for six rounds, that shows the confidence I have in myself, I know that anyone that I get in the ring with, I am going to beat.

“Sunny is a great fighter, every fight of his I’ve seen he’s the one on the back foot, hitting and moving, hit and don’t get hit, but I feel like he hasn’t faced anyone like me, someone with good footwork and the determination to win.

“This is the biggest fight of my career and I’m excited to finally face-off with Sunny. I saw a lot of talk about the fight before it was signed, so I know a lot of people are going to buy their tickets and tune in on December 16. My people from San Antonio are coming and I think it’s going to be like another hometown fight.

“I don’t need to hurt him. I just need to outpoint him. My last fight was a little glimpse of how the fight is going to go. I feel like I will be ready on December 16 and people need to tune in for something special. I’m going to go in and do what I do, it’s got me this far, this is no different.

“I’ll have the same mindset, a little different game plan that Robert [Garcia] and I are going to work on, so I’ll be ready. That belt right there is coming back to San Antonio.”