By Brian Webber: WBC flyweight champion Julio Cesar ‘Rey’ Martinez and IBF 112-pound champion Sunny Edwards are set to be done for a unification bout on October 22.
The card is a planned doubleheader with flyweight contender McWilliams Arroyo fighting Joselito Velazquez in the co-feature. If Arroyo (21-4-1, 16 beats Velazquez, he will face the winner Martinez against Edwards.
Arroyo, 36, was supposed to fight Rey Martinez (18-2, 14 KOs) last June, but the 112-pound WBC champion fell ill with gastroenteritis and had to pull out of the fight.
IBF Flyweight Champion Sunny Edwards (18-0, 4 KOs) will seek revenge against Rey Martinez for what he did to his brother Charlie.
Martinez beat Charlie around the ring in a fight that was initially ruled a third round knockout but later changed to a no contest.
An overeager Rey Martinez punched 112-pound former WBC champion Charlie Edwards to the body after dropping him in the third of their fight on August 31, 2019 at The O2 Arena in London, England. Charlie was too injured by the downed body to get back on his feet and resume the fight.
Although the fight was ruled a no contest, the perception among boxing fans is that Rey Martinez was the better man and made Charlie’s job easier.
Like his brother Charlie, Sunny lacks power and is a fighter of pure finesse whose game is based on frustrating his opponents with pesky hits and a hit & run style.
Some boxing fans find Sunny’s fighting style tedious due to his shrewd and non-committal winning method. Sunny is like a bigger version of welterweight Michael McKinson.
“Rey’ Martínez will face Sunny Edwards, while McWilliams Arroyo will meet Joselito Velázquez on October 22,” Salvador Rodriguez told ESPNMX. “Sources familiar with the negotiations have indicated that they are close to closing ‘Rey’ Martínez against Sunny Edwards and also Arroyo against Joselito Velázquez.
“Edwards had been looking for Martinez for a long time, especially after ‘Rey’ punished his brother Charlie in a battle that ended in a No Contest.”
It’ll be interesting to see how Sunny handles Rey Martinez’s two-handed power, as this guy can punch and he’ll inflict pain every time he fires.
Running from Martinez won’t work long for Sunny as he’s been in runners and fighters with more technical skills than him before.
McWilliams Arroyo, Jay Harris and Roman ‘Chocolatito’ Gonzalez are three examples of fighters with technical skills beyond those of Sunny Edwards whom Martinez has fought before.
Little Sunny, 26, has recent wins over these fighters:
- muhammad wasem
- Mom Jayson
- Moruti Mthalane
- Thomas Essomba
- Marcel Braithwaite
- Rosendo Hugo Guarneros
If Sunny Edwards chooses to stand up and fight Rey Martinez, he will be chewed up by him and left on the canvas like his older brother Charlie.
Martinez will likely have learned his lesson and won’t be looking to land a knockout blow on Sunny’s body when he’s on the canvas like his brother Charlie.