Featured image: Mark Robinson/Matchroom Boxing.

Matchroom Boxing have confirmed that Tokyo Olympians Galal Yafai and Peter McGrail will feature on the undercard of the upcoming flyweight unification between Sunny Edwards and Jesse Rodriguez in Arizona on December 16th.

The full card was confirmed earlier today with Sheffield prospect Junaid Bostan and Peter’s younger brother, Joe McGrail, also featuring next month.

Former unified super-bantamweight champion Murudjon Akhmadaliev will also return after losing his titles to Marlon Tapoles in April.

Bostan and McGrail brothers set for US debuts

Birmingham flyweight Yafai has already fought on American soil after securing a second-round stoppage at Madison Square Garden in April last year.

The same cannot be said of Bostan (7-0, 6KOs) however with the 21-year-old having fought all seven of his professional bouts on UK soil.

The Rotherham super-welterweight trains alongside Edwards under the tutelage of Sheffield trainer Grant Smith and faces off against Michigan’s Gordie Russ II (6-0) over eight rounds next month.

Liverpool’s McGrail brothers are no strangers to fighting abroad courtesy of their extensive amateur background but neither have fought in America thus far in their professional journey.

Older brother Peter (8-0, 5KOs) takes the lion’s share of attention after a glittering career in the amateur code which culminated in an appearance at the Tokyo Olympics two years ago.

The 27-year-old takes on Michigan super-bantamweight Ja’Rico O’Quinn (16-1-1, 8KOs) over ten rounds in Arizona while younger brother Joe (7-0, 3KOs) faces Brandon Marquez (6-5-2) over six at featherweight.

Yafai will fight on American soil for the second time as a professional next month. Photo by Mark Robinson/Matchroom Boxing.

Edwards and Rodriguez unify flyweight titles

The main event sees London’s Sunny Edwards meet Texas’ Jesse Rodriguez in a WBO and IBF flyweight title unification in one of the most intriguing match-ups of the year.

Neither have tasted defeat in the paid ranks in a combined 38 contests as both look to assert themselves as the number one flyweight on the planet.

Edwards will also be making his US debut in his sixth consecutive world title fight since securing the IBF belt with a dominant twelve-round showing versus Moruti Mthalane in April 2021.

Rodriguez meanwhile is already a two-weight champion after initially winning the WBC super-flyweight title at late notice against Carlos Cuadras in February last year.

Two defences followed, including against former belt-holder Sor Srisaket Rungvisai, before the 23-year-old opted to move down to flyweight where he picked up the vacant WBO belt versus Cristian Gonzalez in April.

Edwards hopes to add the WBO title to his IBF belt against Rodriguez in Arizona. Photo by Mark Robinson/Matchroom Boxing.

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