Sunny Edwards has invited US rival Jesse ‘Bam’ Rodriguez to be at ringside in Sheffield to watch him run the “gauntlet” thrown down by Felix Alvarado.
Edwards brings world championship boxing to the Utilita Arena on Friday, November 11 when he puts his IBF world flyweight title on the line.
Jack Bateson and Shabaz Masoud have delivered for British boxing fans by agreeing to clash in a final eliminator for the British super bantamweight title in the tasty chief support bout, with the WBA Intercontinental belt also up for grabs.
Edwards aka Showtime said: “I would like to invite Jesse ‘Bam’ Rodriguez to my fight on November 11.
“We would look after him in Sheffield, get him to the UK a few days before and then we’d have him sat at ringside on fight night.
“It would be good to see the champion in person because it’s a fight I am super excited about building because it’s a super fight and he’s a super fighter.”
Edwards is not just excited about the challenge of Alvarado, and making a statement in front of Rodriguez, but the world champ is looking forward to the rest of the Probellum Sheffield card.
“Jack Bateson against Shabaz Masoud is, instantly, a great domestic fight,” he said.
“Both have very good support and they have already had a bit of back and forth on Twitter. This is a big, big fight, it’s ridiculously good, and there are more to be announced for the rest of the undercard. So, there’s my world title fight, Bateson vs Masoud and more to come, and tickets start at £35. It’s a very good card.”
The 26-year-old has been given fresh focus by mandatory challenger Alvarado after seeing a unification clash with Julio Cesar Martinez fall through.
“He’s the first fighter, in my whole career, who has had a real conviction about wanting to fight me and who did everything to make it happen,” Edwards (18-0) added.
“When Alvarado moved up from light flyweight, he called me out straight away and so I am relishing the fact that he has thrown down the gauntlet
“He’s really grabbed my attention and I don’t know why the others won’t fight me. Maybe it’s because they know, with my style, I would drain their soul; I imagine they can’t even bear to watch any of my fights because they know I make people look like they have forgotten how to box. They can’t comprehend it. They are playing checkers and I am playing chess. But Alvarado is a big punching Nicaraguan who wants the fight, and he sees me as a goldmine.”