Sunny Edwards will have a few more weeks to celebrate his recent title win before learning of his next official challenger.
A final title eliminator between Jay Harris and Ricardo Sandoval is officially postponed, MTK Global announced on Tuesday. The bout was due to take place May 14 at University of Bolton Stadium in Bolton, England, but has now been pushed back by roughly one month due to unforeseen circumstances.
“June is the plan,” promoter Lee Eaton confirmed to BoxingScene.com. “It will be rescheduled ASAP.”
A specific reason was not offered for the postponement.
The fight was ordered by the IBF in February, with the two sides reaching a deal in order to avoid a purse bid hearing.
Sandoval (18-1, 13KOs)—who is represented by Golden Boy Promotions—agreed to hit the road for the fight, his first outside of North America. The 22-year-old from Rialto, California has won his last 14 starts and has knocked out his last five opponents, including a 7th round stoppage of Raymond Tabugon last February.
Harris (18-1, 9KOs) is in pursuit of his second career title fight. The 30-year-old working class contender from Swansea, Wales came up short in a spirited 12-round slugfest with WBC flyweight titlist Julio Cesar Martinez last February in Frisco, Texas.
Harris—who fights under the MTK banner—has since rebounded with a 10-round decision win over Marcel Braithwaite last October. His first title shot came following a breakout 2019 campaign where he posted a points win over former title challenger Angel Moreno and a sensational 4th round knockout of three-time Irish Olympian and two-time Olympic bronze medalist Paddy Barnes.
The winner of the rescheduled title eliminator will become the mandatory challenger to the IBF flyweight title. Edwards claimed the belt following a well-earned 12-round unanimous decision victory over long-reigning Moruti Mthalane last Friday at York Hall in Bethnal Green, England.
Jake Donovan is a senior writer for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox