Jesse ‘Bam’ Rodriguez and Sunny Edwards encountered each other at the inaugural press conference on September 21 in Orlando, setting the stage for their unifying Flyweight fight at Desert Diamond Arena in Glendale, Arizona, scheduled for Saturday, December 16, and will be broadcast LIVE on DAZN.
This fight brings together two undefeated champions in a compelling battle to establish supremacy in the division. Rodriguez, the WBO champion, and Edwards, the IBF champion, are defending their titles for the first and fourth times, respectively. This marks the debut unification fight for both of them.
Rodriguez and Edwards are scheduled to be featured in tonight’s DAZN broadcast, where Richardson Hitchins takes the main stage against Jose Zepeda, accompanied by the comeback of British standout, Conor Benn. Subsequently, Rodriguez and Edwards will travel to London to progress with the promotional events for their December fight in the coming week.
Jesse Rodriguez (18-0 11 KOs):
“I’ve never declined a fight; it’s always been a yes for me. Competing against the best is what every boxer aspires for, consolidating titles. December 16 will be spectacular.
“We are individuals of distinct nature; he exhibits his assurance by being vocal, whereas my ring actions speak. My determination is unbreakable; my previous fight is a testament to that, where I fought six rounds with a broken jaw. I possess self-belief; no contender in the ring can outclass me.
“Sunny is a respectable fighter, often seen on the defensive, striking and maneuvering. But he hasn’t encountered someone like me, a person with remarkable footwork and a relentless will to triumph.
“This is the significant fight of my career, and I’m eager to finally fight Sunny on December 16. My folks from San Antonio will be there, making it feel like another hometown bout.
“I merely need to score more points than him. My latest fight gave a sneak peek into our upcoming bout. On December 16, I will be prepped, urging everyone to watch something extraordinary. That belt is returning to San Antonio.”
Sunny Edwards (20-0 4 KOs):
“Thanks to everyone involved, this is the bout I’ve been eyeing. I’ve been waiting for such a paramount event, and Jesse is undoubtedly one of the most outstanding fighters under 30.
“Boxing has been relatively smooth for me; I’ve always operated within my comfort zone. I’m already into the training phase, been in Tenerife, and had great practice sessions; I’m soaring.
“I relish the challenge. When I collaborated with Eddie, I expressed my desire to fight the best at any cost, irrespective of the location. Kudos to Jesse; he’s the first one to give me a fight I’ve wanted.
“I don’t have to penetrate his mind; I just enjoy discussing the fight. Jesse is different, more perilous, but that will unveil a superior version of me.
“It’s facile to say ‘you have to confine Sunny in the ring’ – but it’s not just about that with me. I don’t enter with a preset strategy; I measure my range and let opponents defeat themselves. I’ve conquered the best in the world. I’m not intimidated by them; I confront them.
“Maybe Jesse is that first fighter that will make me feel ‘he’s genuinely exceptional.’ His youth will be his disadvantage. I’ve never had an effortless bout, and it’s not starting now. After defeating Jesse, there’s only one fight I desire, and that’s with Roman Gonzalez.
“Those who think I lack power probably just watch me on fight night. I always ensure victory; my priority is winning, not knocking people out. Come and observe my sparring sessions, and then discuss power.
“Regardless of how engaging or powerful it is, look at the current champions. They box and respond to what’s presented to them, and I believe I do that. Jesse will try to impress, attempt to harm me. But his ego and pride will force it, and that will be his undoing.
“I’ve got proficient defense. I am a conundrum, wrapped in a mystery. You can’t brace for what I bring into the ring because no one perceives life as I do, no one perceives the labor I’ve embedded, the years of toil.
“This is going to be a thrilling bout, and people will turn up. I am thrilled to be a part of it and utterly convinced of the victory.”