The IBF have now ordered flyweight champion Sunny Edwards to defend his title against mandatory challenger Felix Alvarado next. Rumours circulated last month that Edwards would seek to unify against Mexico’s Julio Cesar Martinez, who holds the WBC version down at flyweight, but that trail now looks to have gone cold and it is the Nicaraguan Alvarado who now looks set to face the Brit.

Once a champion at light-flyweight, Alvarado boasts thirty-three knockouts inside thirty-eight victories, and only has two defeats to his name in forty contests. Only Kazuto Ioka and Juan Carlos Reveco have bested the now thirty-three-year-old, both in world title bouts, with the latest coming over eight years ago.

Edwards meanwhile will look to make the third successful defence of his strap since picking it up in a dominant twelve-round display over Moruti Mthalane last year before hopefully landing a fight with Martinez in 2023, providing he can overcome Alvarado first.

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