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What’s next for Sunny Edwards?

Sunny Edwards climbed off the canvas to beat Marcel Braithwaite for the British title in December

Sunny Edwards takes on the teak-tough Thomas Essomba Credit: Queensberry Promotions
Sunny Edwards takes on the teak-tough Thomas Essomba Credit: Queensberry Promotions

2019 was a sensational year for Croydon’s Sunny Edwards. In an active year “Showtime” (14-0, 4 KOs) competed five times winning all of those bouts whilst adding four belts to his fast growing collection.

The vacant IBF international super-flyweight title, vacant IBF international flyweight strap, vacant WBO inter-continental flyweight title and vacant British flyweight belt were all draped over the younger Edwards brother by the end of the year.

Edwards told Pro Boxing Fans that he could challenge for a world title at any time.

With that being said lets take a look at what could be in store for ‘Showtime’ in 2020…

Tommy Frank (13-0, 3 KOs)

A name which has long been circulated with Sunny’s, Tommy has built a good profile for himself fighting under the Hobson Promotions banner on televised shows, has seen him climb the rankings whilst winning a few titles en route. The fight has never materialised but, with Edwards now holding the prestigious British title, it is a fight which could make sense for Frank now.

Tommy Frank is the Commonwealth champion at super-flyweight Credit: Dennis Hobson

Quaise Khademi (8-0, 2 KOs)

Khademi, a highly rated super-flyweight, could be another option available to Edwards. The Afghan-born East Ham resident picked up his first professional title in 2019, winning the WBO European strap, beating former Edwards’ foe, Pedro Matos and will be on the hunt for more gold.

Quaise Khademi was born in Afghanistan but learnt his trade in East Ham

Jay Harris (17-0, 9 KOs)

Both Harris and Edwards share the same management company, MTK Global so, this technically is an easy fight to make. However, the Welshman has been given an opportunity of a lifetime to fight for a world title against Julio Cesar Martinez for the WBC Flyweight belt in Texas.

The 29-year-old proved too much for Paddy Barnes in Belfast and, winning by fourth round stoppage in Belfast in October.

Whilst this fight may not happen anytime soon, if Harris is unsuccessful in his world title bid he could look to bounce back with a shot at the British title.

Jay Harris proved too much for Paddy Barnes in Belfast Credit: MTK Global

Muhammad Waseem (10-1, 7 KOs)

Another MTK Global fighter is Waseem from Pakistan. A super talented boxer, who’s only loss was a challenge for the IBF Flyweight world title against Moruti Mthalane.

This is a fight that is unlikely whilst Sunny is looking to win the British title outright however, after the difficulty of getting a fight for the vacant title Edwards could find himself out of British options fast.

Waseem could be the perfect option for a world title eliminator by the end of the year.

Muhammad 'Falcon' Waseem has a record of 10-1 Credit: Khaleej Times

Julio Cesar Martinez (15-1, 12 KOs)

Admittedly an unlikely option for this year, Julio Cesar Martinez, the WBC flyweight world champion.

The man who had his win over brother Charlie ruled out as a non contest on the spot after the WBC president, Mauricio Sulaiman, ruled Martinez to have thrown and landed the finishing blow to Charlie whilst he was already on the canvas.

The ‘revenge for his brother’ angle would be as easy sell, but the fact Martinez, who is facing Harris in February is ranked the third best flyweight in the world by Boxing Monthly magazine and one of the most exciting fighters in the division, could prove a daunting prospect, whilst the Brit would have to drop down in weight to challenge him.

WBC flyweight world champion, Julio Cesar Martinez Credit: boxingnewsonline.net