Sunny Edwards takes his expertise to Dubai and Jayson Mama this Saturday, writes Elliot Worsell
IT appears virtually unlucky that flyweight Sunny Edwards, considered one of the extra proficient and attention-grabbing characters on the British scene proper now, follows his belt-winning masterpiece towards Moruti Mthalane in April with a comparatively low-key defence towards an unknown Filipino by the title of Jayson Mama this Saturday (December 11) in Dubai (Coca-Cola Arena) of all locations.
Out of nowhere Edwards has, throughout the previous 12 months, emerged as an unlikely and unconventional younger star of the sport on this nation and performs the sport – that’s, the social media sport – in addition to anybody. In that world, he’s outspoken, he’s trustworthy, and he has, for higher or worse, created his personal persona of kinds. He swims towards the tide and has in latest occasions even managed to bob to the prime, arriving as the voice of the folks; a voice grating to the ears of those that would quite not hear what he has to say.
The hazard now, in fact, is that Edwards, 16-0 (4) and ranked No.2 in the world, turns into considered one of these boxers so caught up in his self-appointed function as chief pursuer of justice and social media entertainer that he loses sight of his actual job and the job at hand. That appears unlikely given the Croydon teenager’s single-minded mentality nevertheless it stays a hazard nonetheless, with any shift in pre-fight focus sufficient to derail males much less devoted.
On the topic of derailment, Saturday’s opponent, Jayson Mama, is a possible banana pores and skin due solely to the expectation now on Edwards. At 24, Mama has slipped beneath the radar, each by way of his profession so far and his function on this explicit combat, however have to be revered the identical method Moruti Mthalane, Edwards’ final opponent, was earlier than then being roundly disrespected by Edwards by every of the 12 rounds they shared.
Easier stated than executed. Whereas Mthalane garnered respect for his prolonged reign as a belt-holder, Mama, in distinction, brings a document of 16-0 (9) comprising few wins of word. He has, in precise reality, spent the majority of his profession constructing this document in his native Philippines – venturing solely so far as Beijing and Macao – and has to this point feasted primarily on boxers with dropping data. Worst of all, in the previous two years he has crushed simply two males, Romshane Sarguilla and Reymark Taday, each of whom had dropping data, which, in fact, makes the concept of him now getting a title shot of any description perplexing to say the least. (Even extra bizarrely, Jama really stepped apart to permit Edwards to get to Mthalane first, again in April.)
Perhaps a few 2019 wins towards Teeraphong Utaida and Ekkawit Songnui did the trick. Those are clearly the greatest scalps on Mama’s document so far, with each opponents considerably identified and each profitable greater than they lose, albeit at decrease weights. Even so, neither of these outcomes point out Mama is deserving of his alternative and neither counsel Edwards’ first challenger shall be something apart from the newest flyweight Edwards outboxes with ease over the 12-round distance.
It is, in the finish, no fault of both Edwards or Mama that fights like this exist in boxing’s decrease weight courses. Instead, it’s merely a problem of dimension, or lack thereof. These ‘world title’ fights, in spite of everything, have traditionally taken place because of a scarcity of real competitors in the decrease weight courses, which, when mixed with the laughable quantity of titles these days out there, make them world title fights in title solely.
That is to not say Sunny Edwards’ expertise fall in need of world class, nor that his IBF title win towards Mthalane was inauthentic. All it means is that Edwards, for so long as he prospers as a flyweight, is destined to return up towards opponents both unknown or out of their depth, or each. It is, sadly, simply the method of issues the place so many rankings exist and, in fact, there’s little or no Edwards or anybody else can do about it.
An attention-grabbing combat at bantamweight between Filipino puncher John Riel Casimero and Liverpool’s Paul Butler, 33-2 (15) was additionally because of happen in Dubai this Saturday on the invoice promoted by newbies Probellum.
But Casimero was unable to make the weigh in, reportedly he was taken into hospital the evening earlier than, and Joseph Agbeko stepped in as a substitute.
In extra undercard motion, Donnie Nietes, one other Filipino and one other MTK-managed boxer (like Edwards and Butler), fights Norbelto Jiminez of the Dominican Republic at super-flyweight. Nietes, 43-1-5 (23), is now 39 years outdated and a former titleholder at strawweight, light-flyweight and flyweight, whereas Jiminez, 30-9-5 (16), is greatest remembered for dropping a 12-round determination towards Britain’s Khalid Yafai in 2019.
The full occasion shall be out there from 4pm GMT on Premier Sports 2 and BoxNation whereas FreeSports will be part of the protection at 5.30pm GMT for the principal occasions, which shall be out there to look at totally free.
The Verdict Another invoice stuffed with MTK fighters lands in Dubai.