Sunny Edwards will take his competencies to Dubai and Jayson Mama this Saturday, writes Elliot Worsell
IT appears almost unlucky that flyweight Sunny Edwards, simply one of many much more proficient and attention-grabbing figures on the British scene best now, follows his belt-successful masterpiece in direction of Moruti Mthalane in April with a fairly minimal-crucial defence from an unknown Filipino by the title of Jayson Mama this Saturday (December 11) in Dubai (Coca-Cola Area) of all websites.
Out of nowhere Edwards has, in the middle of the earlier 12 months, emerged as an not going and unconventional youthful star of the exercise on this place and performs the recreation – that’s, the social media recreation – as very nicely as any individual. In that complete world, he’s outspoken, he’s truthful, and he has, for a lot better or worse, created his personal persona of sorts. He swims in opposition to the tide and has in newest moments even managed to bob to the prime, arriving because the voice of the women and men a voice grating to the ears of those who would pretty not hear what he has to say.
The hazard now, of program, is that Edwards, 16- (4) and ranked No.2 within the earth, will develop into simply one in all these boxers so caught up in his self-appointed job as principal pursuer of justice and social media entertainer that he loses sight of his true profession and the exercise at hand. That seems to be not going given the Croydon teenager’s one-minded mentality nevertheless it continues to be a hazard nonetheless, with any change in pre-battle focus ample to derail guys significantly much less centered.
On the subject of derailment, Saturday’s opponent, Jayson Mama, is a doable banana pores and pores and skin thanks solely to the expectation now on Edwards. At 24, Mama has slipped beneath the radar, every in phrases of his job so far and his operate on this specific wrestle, however have to be revered the identical means Moruti Mthalane, Edwards’ ultimate opponent, was earlier than then turning into roundly disrespected by Edwards because of nearly each of the 12 rounds they shared.
Easier said than achieved. Whereas Mthalane garnered respect for his extended reign as a belt-holder, Mama, in distinction, delivers a report of 16- (9) comprising couple wins of notice. He has, in true actuality, expended the overwhelming majority of his career constructing this doc in his native Philippines – venturing solely as considerably as Beijing and Macao – and has so far feasted totally on boxers with dropping paperwork. Worst of all, within the earlier twenty years he has crushed simply two gents, Romshane Sarguilla and Reymark Taday, equally of whom skilled shedding data, which, of program, makes the idea of him now getting a title shot of any description perplexing to say the the very least. (Even much more bizarrely, Jama actually stepped aside to permit for Edwards to get to Mthalane initially, again in April.)
Most likely a few 2019 wins in opposition to Teeraphong Utaida and Ekkawit Songnui did the trick. These persons are plainly the easiest scalps on Mama’s report back to day, with each equally opponents pretty regarded and each of these profitable further than they lose, albeit at cut back weights. Even so, neither of those results reveal Mama is deserving of his prospect and neither suggest Edwards’ preliminary challenger might be all the pieces apart from the newest flyweight Edwards outboxes with ease concerning the 12-spherical size.
It’s, within the shut, no fault of both Edwards or Mama that fights like this exist in boxing’s decreased extra weight lessons. In its place, it’s merely an problem of dimension, or absence thereof. These ‘world title’ fights, instantly in spite of everything, have historically taken place due to to a absence of real opponents within the reduce extra weight lessons, which, when merged with the laughable quantity of titles these days accessible, make them complete world title fights in title solely.
That isn’t to say Sunny Edwards’ capabilities drop small of complete world class, nor that his IBF title achieve in opposition to Mthalane was inauthentic. All it normally means is that Edwards, for as very lengthy as he thrives as a flyweight, is destined to happen up versus opponents presumably not identified or out of their depth, or each equally. It’s, regrettably, simply the best way of things wherever so a number of rankings exist and, in actual reality, there’s fairly small Edwards or anyone else can do about it.
An intriguing fight at bantamweight amongst Filipino puncher John Riel Casimero and Liverpool’s Paul Butler, 33-2 (15) was additionally because of simply take spot in Dubai this Saturday on the invoice promoted by rookies Probellum.
However Casimero was not in a position to make the weigh in, reportedly he was taken into medical middle the evening time upfront of, and Joseph Agbeko stepped in as a substitution.
In much more undercard movement, Donnie Nietes, one other Filipino and an extra MTK-managed boxer (like Edwards and Butler), fights Norbelto Jiminez of the Dominican Republic at tremendous-flyweight. Nietes, 43-1-5 (23), is now 39 yrs outdated and a former titleholder at strawweight, light-weight-flyweight and flyweight, though Jiminez, 30-9-5 (16), is best remembered for shedding a 12-round ultimate determination in opposition to Britain’s Khalid Yafai in 2019.
The total occasion might be available from 4pm GMT on Main Sporting actions 2 and BoxNation while FreeSports will be a part of the protection at 5.30pm GMT for the foremost gatherings, which might be supplied to view without charge.
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