A flyweight world title unification between IBF champion Sunny “Showtime” Edwards and WBC champion “El Rey” Julio Cesar Martinez is on the verge of being announced.
Martinez travelled to London in 2019 and challenged for Charlie Edwards’ WBC strap, but the fight ended in controversial fashion when the challenger punched the champion when he was already down rendering the Brit unable to continue.
The fight was subsequently ruled a no-contest. Martinez would then fight for the vacant title later in the year.
Charlie would take a lengthy lay-off from the sport before returning at super flyweight.
Younger brother Sunny would charge on to challenge long reigning IBF flyweight champion, Moruti Mthalane, securing a land-slide decision victory in 2021.
With both Martinez and Sunny Edwards now holding their respective titles, negotiations are underway for a unification fight and the Londoner has announced that it is all but signed.
Sunny recently spoke with Boxing Social’s Ayman Khan and commented on the possible upcoming matchup:
“They want it, we want it, everyone wants it. I think it’s just really about throwing the dart on the map and pinpointing location and time. I’m training, I’m ready. Just really forward to going and signing the contract.”
Sunny, unbeaten in 18 bouts, also discussed the possibility of the fight taking place in the ‘lion’s den’, Martinez’s home, Mexico.
“I said it before, you know he came over to London, in my hometown, did what happened to my brother, so I want to repay the favour.”
“I want to go over there. I’ve made it very clear to my team, to their team…I didn’t even want it in the UK, that’s too easy. This is the higher stakes, everything to lose, everything to prove, everything to gain.”