Sunny Edwards makes the first defence of his IBF flyweight title when he takes on Jayson Mama at the Coca-Cola Arena in Dubai on Saturday evening.
Recommended bet10:00 pm Saturday December 11
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Sunny Edwards v Jayson Mama IBF Flyweight Title Fight Betting Tips & Predictions
Sunny Edwards fulfilled his lifetime ambition back in April when he became the IBF flyweight champion of the world.
The 25-year-old won a unanimous points decision over defending champion Moruti Mthalane over 12 rounds at York Hall in London. Edwards ended Mthalane’s run of 16 successive victories – 13 of them being title fights.
Many felt that Mthalane would be too experienced and strong for Edwards, but the Sutton born fight is made of strong stuff and he dug deep to get the decision. Two judges saw him win convincingly with scores of 118-111 and 120-108, while the third judge scored it 115-113.
Edwards is still unbeaten as a professional. He has had 16 fights and has won four of them by knockout and the other 12 by decision. This fight should have taken place in September, but Edwards suffered an ankle injury. He is fully fit now and ready to go.
His opponent this weekend is a big puncher. I know not all flyweight’s have great punching power, but Mama does and he has nine knockouts under his belt from his 16 victories.
Mama has a height advantage over Edwards, but he is taking a step up in class going in the ring with the champion.
The Philippines fighter does have power, but Edwards is a very clever fighter. He will not allow Mama to get on top and that will see him not able to land the big bombs.
We all know that Edwards is not a knockout merchant. I am backing Edwards to keep hold of his belt by outboxing Mama over 12 rounds and getting the nod from the judges.
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Sunny Edwards v Jayson Mama IBF Flyweight Title Fight Betting Tips & Predictions: Fighter’s Predictions
Sunny Edwards: “I was bitterly disappointed when the fight didn’t happen the first time. I was taking my dogs for a walk and tripped over nothing. I tried resting it all weekend. By Monday, I went into the gym. I hadn’t even told my trainer at this point, but I couldn’t put my weight on it 100% and my trainer made the decision that someone who worked all his life to win a world title wasn’t going in there at 60%. That’s been rectified, I’ve had rehab, physio, strength work put on to it. I’ve completed over 100 rounds in this camp. I feel ready and better than ever. You see time and time again when people go in thinking they’re levels above someone, they usually get shown they’re not. It’s about showing them levels in the ring. I know I’ve got a threat against me. I know Mama is a very dangerous opponent. He’s very heavy-handed, he likes to plant his feet and let big shots go, it should make for an interesting clash of styles. He’s definitely not overlooked or underprepared for. I don’t feel beatable right now. I just feel any round that I lose takes a lot out of an opponent. I think it’s very hard to win a round against me and do it efficiently for 12-rounds because of my approach to boxing. I’m just getting better; I’m just getting stronger and more mature as the months are going on. I’m 25 but I’m in the body of an 18, 19-year-old. I’m just starting to get hair on my chest and muscle definition. I know my best days are still to come. I’m constantly showing it in the gym, in sparring and in fights. I’ve got big plans for next year, I want to unify, I want go undisputed, I want that Ring Magazine championship. So, I want to clear up my mandatory and ideally the perfect fight for me is Martinez, beat him and get The Ring Magazine championship. I genuinely believe that a fight with Martinez would capture the imagination of the world of boxing. At flyweight that very rarely happens. But that’s by the by if I don’t get past Mama, who brings his own threat, his own danger and comes with his own ambitions.”
Jayson Mama: “Mthalane was old. Edwards was running all night. I hope he doesn’t run when he fights me, but I think he will run from me. Edwards is a great boxer but I have trained really hard to bring back the belt to the Philippines.”
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