Talented 112-pound titleholder Sunny Edwards will defend his title against former 108-pound champ Felix Alvarado on Friday in Sheffield, England.
SUNNY EDWARDS (18-0, 4 KOs) VS. FELIX ALVARADO (38-2, 33 KOs)
- Date: Friday, Nov. 11
- Time: 2 p.m. ET / 11 a.m. PT (7 p.m. in U.K.) (main event later in show)
- Where: Sheffield Arena, Sheffield, England
- TV/Stream: FITE
- Cost: Free
- Division: Flyweights (112 pounds)
- At stake: Edwards’ IBF title
- Pound-for-pound ranking: None
- Odds: Edwards 5-1 favorite (average of multiple outlets)
- Also on the card: Thomas Essomba vs. Marcel Braithwaite, junior bantamweights; Jack Bateson vs. Shabaz Masoud, junior featherweights.
- Prediction: Edwards UD
- Background: Edwards is closing in on showdowns with the top little men in the world – stars like Julio Cesar Martinez and Bam Rodriguez – but he must get past the capable Alvarado first. The 26-year-old Londoner, a superb boxer, won his belt by defeating two-time champion Moruti Mthalane in April of last year. He then successfully defended against Jayson Mama and Muhammad Waseem, winning both fights by wide decisions. Alvarado, a 33-year-old Nicaraguan, held a 108-pound title from 2018 until he gave it up this year and moved up to 112. He made his flyweight debut in May, when he stopped Luis Cerrito Hernandez in four rounds. He hasn’t lost since back-to-back setbacks in 2013 and 2014, after which he has won 20 consecutive fights.