Sunny Edwards bemoans a current lack of opportunity in the UK, to Danny Flexen
I want real competition! A catchphrase more often associated with WWE behemoth Braun Strowman, but the sentiment is not lost on Croydon prospect Sunny Edwards. The Sheffield-based striver aims to progress rapidly, and ideally in his favoured flyweight division, but a lack of willing adversaries has apparently forced him to fight several pounds above the 112lb class thus far in his burgeoning 3-0 career (all four-round points wins).
Ahead of his latest chapter this Saturday (May 20) on the big Copper Box show, Edwards remains unbowed, insisting that not only will he make the flyweight limit when the occasion demands it, but that he wants the likes of more experienced Louis Norman and decorated three-time Olympian Paddy Barnes right now.
“I am a flyweight but I’m confident enough to beat most super-flyweights out there,” Edwards declares. “I was a 49kg light-flyweight as an amateur, so with the day-before weigh-in I’ll make flyweight easy. I’m not a massive flyweight, but I’m not a small one either.
“I’ve chosen opponents that are tough fights because I’m looking get into 10 or 12-rounders in my next few fights. I took Brett Fidoe at a day’s notice, he gives good fighters a hard time; Craig Derbyshire the same. He comes to fight and knock your head off.
“I’m looking to get a Southern Area fight after this one, I’m trying to get an opponent to say yes, but they all seem to be s***bags. The English has got Louis Norman written all over it. Paddy Barnes would be a great opponent if he’d fight for the British title but I don’t know if he would.
Andrew Selby is an incredible fighter, if he moved on the sooner the better, but it’s a fight I would take once I get to that level.”