IBF flyweight champion Sunny Edwards revealed in an interview with Boxing King Media on Thursday that he was told DAZN didn’t want the fight with WBC king Julio Cesar Martinez.
Edwards, who will now take on mandatory challenger Felix Alvarado in Sheffield on November 11th, says the fight was agreed with the Mexican with a date and location but it was pulled last minute at the behest of the streaming platform. “I had started camp, got sparring partners in and was paying nutritionists and strength coaches. I think more than anything that Martinez got in the gym with Reynoso [Eddie, who trains and manages the Mexican] and after about a week training they realised they were miles off of fighting someone like me. I found out halfway through a training session.”
Despite the disappointing news, Edwards didn’t allow himself to get downbeat and moved forward with a planned sparring session the following day. “I spoke to Grant [Edwards’ trainer] who asked if I wanted to leave sparring tomorrow and I was like ‘nah’, so I came in the next day and did twelve rounds sparring. My mindset and my mentality has not changed.”
“I think that twelve fight night schedule they [DAZN] put out from October to December, if you say Martinez versus Edwards on there it would have been one of the standout fights on their schedule. Yeah we were getting paid good money, especially for flyweights, but in the grand scheme of things [when you look at] what certain fighters get for that level of excitement it wasn’t out of this world. It’s disappointing that I was ready to risk my unbeaten record, my world title and fly to Mexico, America or wherever he needed it to be to make it happen and they still didn’t [fight].”
Alvarado will now be the man standing opposite Edwards on November 11th at Sheffield’s Utilita Arena, a man who has only lost twice in forty contests, including thirty-three wins inside the distance. Probellum promote the event, while a UK broadcaster has not been confirmed at the time of writing.