Rodriguez and Edwards to meet in launch press conference in Orlando on Thursday
September 18 2023
Flyweight kings clash in unification blockbuster in Glendale, AZ on December 16
Jesse ‘Bam’ Rodriguez and Sunny Edwards will meet at a launch press conference on Thursday (September 21) at 3pm ET/8pm UK streamed LIVE on Matchroom Boxing’s YouTube channel ahead of their blockbuster Flyweight unification clash at the Desert Diamond Arena in Glendale, Arizona on Saturday December 16, live worldwide on DAZN.
The unbeaten pair meet in a mouth-watering battle to determine the top dog in the division, with WBO ruler Rodriguez and IBF king Edwards defending their titles for the first and fourth times respectively and both appearing in their first unification bouts.
Rodriguez and Edwards will come face-to-face for the first time at their launch press conference in Orlando on Thursday and will be part of the broadcast on a blockbuster card on DAZN topped by Super-Lightweight star Richardson Hitchins facing Jose Zepeda.
The pair will then continue the media tour for the event in London next week, with media activities to be confirmed around the fight week for Jai Opetaia’s IBF World Cruiserweight title defense against Jordan Thompson at the OVO Arena Wembley on Saturday September 30, live worldwide on DAZN.
Rodriguez (18-0 11 KOs) will return to the state that he landed his first World title back in February 2022 when he defeated Carlos Cuadras to land the WBC Super-Flyweight strap. The San Antonio star defended that title twice with wins over Srisaket Sor Rungvisai and Israel Gonzalez before becoming a two-weight champion on hometurf in April by seeing off Christian Hernandez, and the 23 year old is excited to be meeting Edwards in the winter.
Edwards (20-0 4 KOs) finally gets the blockbuster showdown that he’s been craving after becoming the IBF champion in April 2021 with a trademark classy win over Moruti Mthalane in London. A pair of successful defenses in Dubai followed in December against Jayson Mama and in March over Muhammad Waseem before victory in defense number three followed in his adaopted Sheffield hometown over Felix Alvarado.
The 27 year old had a successful debut under the Matchroom banner in June when he saw off spirited Chilean challenger Andres Campos in London, and Edwards is looking forward to proving he is the best in the division on his first fight in America.