Matchroom Boxing have announced that the flyweight unification between Jesse Rodriguez and Sunny Edwards is now signed with a date and venue to be confirmed at a later date.
The announcement was posted to Matchroom’s social media channels on Thursday afternoon.
While the date and location remains unknown, promoter Eddie Hearn stated the fight would be coming to DAZN Boxing ‘this Winter’ in a reactionary Instagram post.
“Really pleased with this one! One of the best fights in boxing, respect to both!
“Bam-Edwards unification coming your way this winter live on @daznboxing!”.
Croydon-born Edwards has been calling for the fight since last year and, following his title defence against Andres Campos in London earlier this month, urged the 23 year old Texan to sign the contract.
The Campos victory was Edwards’ fourth defence of his IBF title since tearing it from Moruti Mthalane in April 2021 and, after spending the last two years calling for the big names, the Brit is one step closer to landing the unification he has longed for.
Edwards reacted to the news on Twitter, simply writing: “Now we gonna see if you’ve been watching closely. RodriguezEdwards is official. More details to follow.”
Rodriguez burst onto the world scene last year, claiming the vacant WBC super-flyweight title with a dominant unanimous decision victory over veteran Carlos Cuadras after jumping up two weight divisions at late notice.
His first defence saw Rodriguez stun former champion Sor Srisaket Rungvisai with an eighth-round stoppage in June before comfortably outpointing Israel Gonzalez in September.Embed from Getty Images
Above: Rodriguez made two defences of his WBC super-flyweight belt before moving down to claim the WBO flyweight title in April.
A move back down to flyweight was on the cards for 2023, with Rodriguez defeating Cristian Gonzalez for the vacant WBO belt in April.
Rodriguez was announced a wide winner via unanimous decision but suffered a fractured jaw in the process, forcing any unification plans to be pushed back for later in the year.
Nevertheless, today’s announcement sees one of the most intriguing fights in boxing move one step closer to reality as the journey to revealing the number one flyweight continues.
Featured image: Mark Robinson/Matchcroom boxing.