Sunny Edwards is focused on securing a three-fight global tour which starts in Mexico later this year and ends on a “massive” night in Japan.
The IBF flyweight champion is hoping to land a unification clash with WBC titleholder Julio Cesar Martinez and ‘Showtime’ is happy to travel his rival’s backyard for the fight.
Edwards says he will then target a London homecoming against Jesse ‘Bam’ Rodriguez, who has already indicated he is prepared to drop down to 112lb to face him, before challenging WBO king Junto Nakatani on a special night in the Japanese boxing calendar.
“Fighting Nakatani is the progressive step on from getting a big name on this side of the world, beating Martinez and maybe beating Rodriguez and then taking that over to Japan and looking to do a crazy, big event over there on New Year’s,” Edwards said, as he co-hosted the Fight Disciples podcast.
“That’s always been on my bucket list in boxing, my birthday is January 1, and it has always been a dream of mine to do that, ever since I found out that is a massive night in Japan.
“For me that’s the progression, that’s how I’d want it. Martinez, beat him in Mexico, then a homecoming with Bam Rodriguez, selling out the O2, and then fly over to Japan for New Year’s to round it all off. That is how I put myself in the pound-for-pound list, that is the kind of route I’ve got to take.”
Edwards has long chased a unification clash with Martinez and is confident the fight can now be made.
“Both sides are agreed, both sides want it, both sides are chasing the fight and it is the biggest fight in the division, it’s the best fight in the division,” Edwards added.
“It’s the best fight at flyweight in the past 10 years. It’s a big fight in the calendar of boxing. It’s going to capture the imagination. Just give me a 20ft ring, it doesn’t matter where we have it.”