Sunny Edwards Retains IBF Title with Unanimous Decision, Sets Sights on Unification Bout

Sunny Edwards Retains

London, June 11, 2023 – Sunny Edwards successfully defended his IBF world flyweight title with a unanimous points victory over Andres Campos, setting the stage for a potential unification fight later this year. Edwards (20-0, 4 KOs) secured three scores of 117-111 in a hard-fought bout at the AO Arena Wembley in London.

Although Edwards controlled most of the rounds with his quick combinations, Campos managed to narrow the points gap in moments when Edwards’ work rate dipped. While acknowledging the toughness of his opponent, Edwards expressed confidence in his own ability, stating, “Going backwards, no one can touch me.”

The victory positions Edwards as the No. 2 flyweight in the latest ESPN divisional rankings, just behind Jesse “Bam” Rodriguez (18-0, 11 KOs), who is currently recovering from a broken jaw. Matchroom promoter Eddie Hearn revealed plans for a potential showdown between Edwards and WBO champion Rodriguez by the end of the year, expressing optimism about finalizing the fight in the coming weeks.

Edwards’ performance, although not dominant throughout, paves the way for an intriguing clash with Rodriguez and the opportunity to secure a unification title. With Julio Cesar Martinez (WBC champion) and Artem Dalakian (WBA champion) also holding titles in the flyweight division, Edwards expressed his desire to secure all the belts and cement his legacy.

In an undercard bout, Ellie Scotney (7-0, 0 KOs) claimed her first world title, winning the IBF junior featherweight belt with a unanimous points victory over Cherneka Johnson. The bout showcased Scotney’s boxing skills and cleaner punches, earning her scores of 98-92, 98-92, and 97-93.

Nina Hughes, a 41-year-old mother of two, successfully defended her WBA bantamweight title in a comfortable unanimous decision victory against Katie Healy. Hughes (6-0, 2 KOs) dominated the fight, securing landslide scores of 100-90, 100-90, and 99-91.

Following her win, Hughes expressed interest in a future matchup against IBF bantamweight champion Ebanie Bridges, who was ringside for the event. Hughes believes that a fight with Bridges would be the easiest to make and could potentially be her next challenge.

Sunny Edwards’ successful defense and the emergence of new champions in Ellie Scotney and Nina Hughes provide an exciting outlook for the future of British boxing in their respective weight divisions.

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