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It’s Always Sunny in Croydon Posted On 07 May 2021

The South Croydon boxer, Sunny Edwards, has been launched into the public eye, after becoming the world IBF flyweight champion

 

The Londoner dominated his opponent Moruti Mthalane at Bethnal Green’s York Hall, claiming a unanimous points victory, and condemning the veteran South African to his first defeat since 2008.

Coming into the tussle, Edwards was unbeaten in his first 15 pro-fights, but landed in the ring as the underdog. Despite this, the 25 year-old was able to prevail, and in the process, added to his family’s pre-existing success in the sport.

Sunny’s brother Charlie won the exact same title two years ago, meaning that the Edwards brothers are only the second ever set of British brothers to both become world champions.

Sunny’s entrance into pro-boxing has been a rather circumstantial one, though. He narrowly missed out on a chance to compete for Team GB at the 2016 Olympics, providing him with the drive to quit his university degree, and pursue the sport full-time.

Reacting to his victory, Edwards said, ‘It might not be pretty or exciting all the time but I am hard to beat’. He also had complimentary words for his opponent, when confirming that, unlike some fights, the two did not choose to partake in any off-stage histrionics or mind-games: ‘I’ve been saying it the whole way through. It was a quiet build-up. We were friends before, I hope we’re still friends now’.

Before the fight, Boxing writer and BBC Radio pundit Steve Bunce was under no illusion that Edwards would need an incredible performance in order to cause an upset: ‘Sunny is dependent on Moruti Mthalane being every bit of his 38 years of age. He needs a bit of age to have crept in and then he needs to box out of his skin’.

And Bunce’s hopes were proved right, as the Croydon man’s energy and movement landed him the title. Edwards’ promoter is Frank Warren, who also manages Tyson Fury. He had high praise for Edwards following his victory, labelling his display as a ‘masterclass’, and even suggested that the great Floyd Mayweather would have appreciated such a performance.

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