Edwards vs Braithwaite added to Dubois Copper Box undercard on Dec 21
SUNNY EDWARDS GETS his shot at the British super flyweight title when he takes on English champion Marcel Braithwaite for the vacant belt at the Copper Box Arena on December 21.
‘Showtime’ Sunny has already accumulated the WBO European, WBO International and IBF International titles at super flyweight, as well as the IBF International and WBO Intercontinental at flyweight in his 13 fights as a professional, while impressing the fans and BT viewers with his slick, speedy and slippery style, along with his sparky persona.
The 23-year-old has craved another domestic showdown since he put a big marker down in the division with a comprehensive schooling of the experienced former European champion Ryan Farrag in October 2018 and now it is another fighter from Liverpool looking to put a dent in his perfect record.
Braithwaite, 25, won his English belt by beating Craig Derbyshire for the second time in October and holds a record of 9-1 as a professional.
“I couldn’t be more happy, to be honest,” said Edwards on the British title match being made. “I had sort of given up on the prospect of fighting for the British title any time soon, which is why I made the move down to flyweight with a view towards world titles sooner rather than later.
“Then a few months ago Marcel called me out and then won the English title so it has all worked out that I finish the year with a British title shot. I have really been in the No.1 position for the last year at least.
“I wanted a fun fight, there is a bit of needle there and I think I am going to show complete levels. There will be very few people backing against me for this one but, at the same time, he is lively, he wants to have a go and this is his chance at the big time.
“He is going from boxing on small hall shows on small YouTube channels to boxing on BT Sport and he has got me to thank for that,” added Edwards, who went on to explain the backstory behind the spikey social media exchanges between the pair.
“He got offered the fight in June for July, I think it was. They turned it down and then a couple of weeks later he puts on Twitter that I am saying nobody will fight me and he will fight me before the end of the year.
“I went ‘fair enough’ and had my fights before he beat Craig Derbyshire – on a split decision – and now what he said is coming to fruition.
“Me and him actually used to be friends and shared rooms together on Team England and would support each other. Then, one day, he unfollowed me on Instagram because apparently I don’t like enough of his pictures.
“He has called me a bitch and I think he just got a bit excited with his little leather belt. On December 21 it will be a reality check for him and I just hope that no ghost injuries come out of nowhere and there is no U-turn.
“Like I said, he has got me to thank for this because the purse he is getting isn’t because he is Marcel Braithwaite, it is because he is fighting Sunny Edwards.
“For me, he is just a bang average fighter who is getting the opportunity just because he is British and nobody else wants it.”
For his part, Braithwaite sought to play down the discord and heaped praise on the accomplishments of his former amateur teammate.
“I’ve just won the English title so it is great to be straight in and it would be some story to beat him,” said the former bantamweight. “I am fighting against a world-ranked boxer, who has boxed internationally as an amateur and is expected to be the next big thing.
“It is a massive fight and one people want to see as well,” he continued, before explaining why he labelled Edwards a ‘bitch’ in a recent interview.
“What it was, a few months ago he claimed nobody would fight him for the British and I said in the most respectful way that I would. With that he just started talking bad about me and I didn’t understand why.
“If he genuinely wanted an opponent and someone said they would fight him, I thought he would be grateful. It wasn’t the case, so that is what it was about.
“I have never actually had a problem with him. I’ve heard what he’s said about Instagram and that is sly because nothing like that bothers me and I wouldn’t be that petty.
“I’ve always wished him well and been quite the fan of him. He is good to watch.
“I am a massive underdog and I’m not expected to win. Imagine if I did win! A Golden Ticket it would be.
“I want to keep things respectful, but whether he wants to is another thing. I am just looking forward to it, I have got a massive opportunity in front of me and I can only be grateful for it.
“Fighting at the Copper Box live on BT is what dreams are about. It is what you imagine as a kid when you think about being a professional boxer. Live on BT alongside big names like Daniel Dubois – it is massive and I am going to enjoy every second of it.”
BRAITHWAITE REVEALS HIS DEPRESSION FIGHT
MARCEL BRAITHWAITE says he was “done” with boxing earlier this year when he was battling depression.
The Liverpool boxer believes that daily phone calls from trainer Wayne Smith helped him fight the mental illness and return to the gym.
He has overcome his demons and Braithwaite (9-1) challenges hot prospect Sunny Edwards (13-0, 4 KOs) for the vacant British super-flyweight championship at London’s Copper Box Arena on Saturday December 21, live on BT Sport.
Braithwaite’s problems left him out of action for eight months, but he returned in May and in October beat Craig Derbyshire to claim the English 115lb title.
“I nearly walked away from boxing at the start of the year. I came into 2019 on a loss and my trainer Wayne Smith talked me back into it,” said Braithwaite who bravely opened up about his issues.
“I was done. I wasn’t enjoying my life and at the time I was suffering from depression. It was hard.
“I was just wallowing. I was in a dark place, had low energy, low self-esteem and wasn’t enjoying life.
“I felt being around people was a burden for them so I was avoiding situations.
“Wayne would phone me every day seeing how I was and reminding me what I was capable of.
“He got me to believe again and now I’m English champion and fighting for the British title on BT Sport.
“Wayne was a key factor and when he got me back in the gym he reminded me that a lot of the young kids in there look up to me.
“Things like that brought me out of depression. It was massive for me to get back in the gym and see the young kids watching me train.
“Some of them see me as a role model so I have to handle the responsibility with grace.”
Braithwaite, 25, has seen Edwards get involved with rivals in social media slanging matches in the past, but has kept a low profile.
Edwards tried to hook Braithwaite, by claiming that his rival has unfollowed him on Instagram for not liking his posts.
Braithwaite refused to snap back, but insists that Sunny was fibbing with that claim.
Asked whether he had, Braithwaite quipped: “No, No. Lies run sprints, but truth runs marathons.”
ALSO ON THE SHOW
Unbeaten Heavyweight sensation Daniel Dubois (13-0) looks to continue his path of destruction against Japan’s Kyotaro Fujimoto (21-1). The WBC Silver Heavyweight championship and the WBO International Heavyweight belts will be on the line.
Liam Williams (21-2-1) faces American Alantez Fox (26-1-1) for the right to become number one in the rankings for the WBO world middleweight crown.
Sunny Edwards (13-0) fights for the vacant British super-flyweight title against former amateur teammate Marcel Braithwaite (9-1), with Light Heavyweight prospect and Love Island star Tommy Fury (2-0) making his long awaited return to the boxing ring after winning the hearts of the nation on the popular ITV reality television show over the summer.
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