SUNNY EDWARDS remains to be upbeat about his future regardless of struggling a primary profession loss by the hands of Jesse ‘Bam’ Rodriguez.
The 2 gifted flyweights put their unbeaten data and respective belts on the road in a high-stakes contest on the Desert Diamond Enviornment in Glendale, Arizona final evening (December 16).
Loads of verbal exchanges had taken place between each males throughout battle week including to the anticipation of what would happen within the ring.
Each introduced out the very best in each other however after 9 rounds of absorbing motion which magnified one another’s ability ranges it was the injury inflicted by Rodriguez that received the day. A bloodied, bruised, and swollen-eyed Edwards couldn’t make it out for the tenth spherical together with his coach Grant Smith having seen sufficient notably after his fighter was dropped closely within the few seconds left of the earlier body.
Edwards spoke to Boxing Information a number of hours after the battle to look again on the largest evening of his seven-year profession.
“Perhaps my satisfaction’s harm slightly bit however it’s a boxing ring and rather a lot can occur. Bam, nice fighter. It weren’t my evening tonight.”
Responding to experiences that he visited hospital for some therapy he mentioned: “It was simply my [left] eye. There was injury to my eye and [when] I received to the hospital, they confirmed it. That’s all it was. Remainder of my physique; arms, legs, head, the whole lot feels nice however simply this eye.”
The status of Edwards has been constructed on making opponents miss and utilizing his elusiveness to frustrate and finally outclass the earlier 20 foes who’ve tried to resolve his puzzles. Nonetheless, the fixed educated strain of Rodriguez pressured Edwards to face and commerce and present a distinct however succesful facet of him.
“Whether or not or not I used to be pressured to [fight] I really feel like there was occasions after I knew making an attempt to do what I wished to do was getting me beat,” he mentioned.
“I used to be shedding rounds and with the conversations we had within the nook it was go large or go house at the moment. And I assumed I had a good spherical till getting put down. At that time I really feel like my imaginative and prescient wasn’t the place I wanted it to be. Grant was already a bit on to me about his opinion on the battle and my face extra so. Grant made the choice and right here we’re.”
Edwards advised BN he had no complaints with the choice to drag him out of the battle.
“Getting dropped fairly heavy I knew I used to be skating on skinny ice with how a lot I might see out my left eye in opposition to a really, superb fighter that was on the ascendancy. Grant pulled the battle and no complaints for me. For the primary time I used to be trustworthy with him and mentioned, “Grant, I can’t see.”
Shortly after the defeat Edwards wasted no time in chatting with promoter Eddie Hearn in regards to the future. One that won’t essentially be at flyweight the place he reigned as IBF belt holder since dominating Moruti Mthalane in April 2021.
“I really feel like I’ve received a great deal of choices genuinely,” he mentioned.
“I do know I could make it (light-flyweight) comfortably. It’s the place I might drop down and look to battle. I believe I’m held in good regard with the IBF. There’s most likely a a lot greater purse availability with somebody like me that’s already been constructed up, been in large occasions, headlined and may promote and market a battle fairly nicely. I might try this. Relying on what Bam does if he’s gonna keep or go up there’s choices nonetheless down right here at flyweight. I’d go wherever so for me I really feel like the whole lot’s an choice.”
“Actual fights solely,” he added. “I don’t want tick-overs. Put me straight again within the deep finish and I’ll go once more. Dropping to 1 nice fighter don’t make me really feel any much less of an awesome fighter. I really feel like on a distinct day issues might have gone a distinct approach. I understand how I felt in there right now. I don’t suppose I used to be fully outclassed. Issues simply didn’t go proper for me on the evening, they usually wanted to.”