Sunny Edwards successfully defended his IBF world flyweight title with a comprehensive unanimous decision win over Jayson Mama last night in Dubai.
Edwards (17-0, 4 KOs) showed his class throughout, overcoming a nasty cut early into the contest to cruise past Mama (16-1, 9 KOs) and set-up a potential unification bout with Mexican banger Julio Cesar Martinez.
The 25-year-old showcased his slick, slippery switch-hitting skills to extend his unbeaten record with scores of 117-110, 118-109 & 118-109, scoring a knockdown in the tenth round to rubber-stamp his dominance.
“In the second round my right eye was completely covered in blood at one point, but I’m a warrior and came through it.” said Edwards.
“Mama is a great fighter and a great contender, and I’m sure his time will come in the future.
“I came here to fight Mama, and I did that and prepared hard and trained diligently, but I want to be in the big fights now. I want the Ring Magazine and WBC belt. That was my mandatory, and now I want Julio Cesar Martinez. I’m coming!”
“To all of my fellow countrymen, thank you for supporting me.” said Mama.
“I’m sorry I didn’t get the win, I did my best but it wasn’t enough. Sunny Edwards is a great champion and a talented boxer.
“He’s smart and fast, but next time I will come back stronger. I promise you all I will go back to the Philippines and train hard for the next opportunity.”
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