Last Updated on December 13, 2023 8:40 pm by Erwin Noguera
The flyweight category will have an important night this Saturday, December 16, as Jesse Rodriguez and Sunny Edwards will live their long-awaited fight for the unification of belts. The ‘Bam’ Rodriguez holds the World Boxing Organization (WBO) belt, and the Englishman Edwards has the International Boxing Federation (IBF) belt.
This fight was agreed last June, and the promoter is Matchroom Boxing, which has Eddie Hearn as its big head.
“It is one of the best fights in boxing today. Both deserve respect,”said Hearn, one of the most influential people in the sport today
For Rodriguez, it is the opportunity to confirm himself as a powerful monarch at flyweight, a weight class he moved down to in April after three fights at 115 pounds. For his part, Edwards has a bit more experience and has had his belt since 2019, getting three successful defenses.
The other flashy fights of the evening will have Murodjon Akhmadaliev facing Kevin Gonzalez in the World Boxing Association world cockfighting title eliminator. On the other hand, Galal Yafai and Rocco Santomauro will clash for the World Boxing Council international flyweight belt.
Saturday, December 16th, 8:00 pm ET at the Desert Diamond Arena in Glendale, Arizona, United States
(Estimated) 10:55 pm ET
Jesse Rodríguez 1.45
Sunny Edwards 3.1
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Why bet on Jesse Rodriguez?
Jesse Rodriguez is only 23 years old, but he is one of the most dangerous boxers at flyweight today, so much so that he has had the luxury of a short stint at 115 pounds.
‘Bam’ Rodriguez returned to his weight in April of this year to fight Cristian Gonzalez for the vacant WBO flyweight title. He succeeded, although he ended up suffering a broken jaw. That cost him to be out until December when he should have fought Englishman Sunny Edwards.
The American’s career has allowed him to celebrate victories against heavyweight opponents such as Carlos Cuadras, Wisaksil Wangek, and Israel Gonzalez. Another fact to keep in mind is that against Cuadras, he also won the World Boxing Council’s best super flyweight belt, an honor he defended twice last year.
The San Antonio native is 18-0 and has 11 wins by knockout. He is considered the number one in his division worldwide, and his reach is 1.70 meters.
Why bet on Sunny Edwards?
Sunny Edwards is a boxer with more experience in the ring, as he is 27 years old and has a record of 20-0. However, the Englishman has a particular detail: he has only achieved four knockouts in his career, which indicates that he is a fighter who aspires to long-haul fights. His last eight battles have been by unanimous decision.
Much of ‘Showtime’s’ career has been on home soil, as he only left twice to fight in the United Arab Emirates. In other words, fighting on U.S. soil will be a novelty for the Europeans.
The argument for Edwards is his way of fighting since he is fast, has a capable waist movement, and knows when to back off to avoid losing. He is very tactical when it comes to getting in the ring. Sunny has been the IBF champion since 2019 and defended his scepter against rivals such as Moruti Mthalane, Jayson Mama, and Felix Alvarado. His last fight was against Andres Campos at Wembley Arena in London.
The Englishman’s reach is only 1.52 meters, so he needs to fight short if he wants to hurt his opponent.
Final Betting Analysis – Jesse Rodriguez vs. Sunny Edwards
The importance of locality in fighting sports is a matter of debate. However, there’s no doubt the crowd will be on San Antonio’s native side. The young boxer may be the biggest promise of the sport, so he will have a test of fire to confirm what he’s made for.
At MyBookie.ag we find that Jesse Rodriguez is the favorite of the match with a Moneyline of 1.45, while Sunny Edwards has 3.1.
It will be a very even fight, with very different styles, but the fact of fighting in his country, the youth in his arms, and the strength of his punch make Jesse Rodriguez the favorite.
Go for a win in Jesse Rodriguez’s Moneyline. If you bet $100 on the win at 1.45, you will gain $45 for a total payout of $145.