On Saturday, December 16, Jesse “Bam” Rodriguez (19-0, 12 KOs) defeated Sunny Edwards (20-1, 4 KOs) in a flyweight contest for the IBF and WBO world titles at the Desert Diamond Arena in Glendale, Arizona. The card was streamed live on DAZN in over 200 countries across the globe.

Jesse “Bam” Rodriguez Defeats Sunny Edwards

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Jesse “Bam” Rodriguez Records Impressive Win Against Sunny Edwards

Sunny Edwards was full of confidence coming into the fight, but “Bam” appeared unfazed as fight night approached. 

After a cagey opening round, Rodriguez began to establish his jab – and mark Edwards around his eye. “Bam” appeared to take Edward’s best work in his stride and keep walking forward. “Showtime” had his moments and landed several eye-catching combinations, but “Bam” stuck to his game plan well and began to take over in a dominating fashion, seemingly hurting Edwards on more than one occasion.

The British fighter showed his bravery and kept fighting back. Round number nine saw “Bam” step his foot on the gas – and catch Edwards with a lovely left cross, knocking him down. At the end of the round – the corner of Edwards decided to throw the towel in, announcing “Bam” as the king of the flyweight division.

Post-Fight Quotes

In the post-fight interview, Rodriguez couldn’t hide his delight at the win: “I worked my ass off for this.” He added: “I was confident the whole fight.”

“Bam” was full of praise for his opponent: “He was quick, a lot smarter than I thought.” Rodriguez went on to call out Juan Francisco Estrada in his post-fight interview.

Edwards was gracious in defeat, declaring: “Jesse is a hell of a fighter. The better man won.” The Brit also spoke of his struggles from round two – regarding the damage around his eye.

Promoter Eddie Hearn was full of praise for both fighters: “We need to thank Bam and Sunny Edwards. What you saw tonight was a pound-for-pound great performance.” Hearn also spoke positively on making a fight between Rodriguez and Estrada.

Edwards vs. Rodriguez Undercard Results

Murodjon Akhmadaliev (12-1, 9 KOs) impressed with a dominating eight-round TKO win over Kevin Gonzalez (26-1-1, 13 KOs) in their super bantamweight fight. 

Galal Yafai  (6-0, 4 KOs) continued his unbeaten start to his professional career, beating Rocco Santomauro (22-3, 6 KOs) in their flyweight bout by unanimous decision, with the judges scoring the fight 99-91, 98-93, and 97-93.

Jarico O’Quinn (17-1-1, 9 KOs) caused a big shock by defeating highly regarded Peter McGrail (8-1, 5 KOs) in their super bantamweight fight by fifth-round TKO.

Arturo Cardenas (12-0-1, 8 KOs) impressed in his super bantamweight contest against Carlos Mujica (8-4, 2 KOs), winning by fourth-round TKO.

Junaid Boston (8-0, 6 KOs) defeated Gordie Russ II (6-1, 6 KOs) in their light middleweight bout by unanimous decision, with all three judges scoring the contest 79-73.

Albert Gonzalez (7-0, 3 KOs) landed a crushing body shot in round two, which defeated Alexis Molina (9-3-1, 5 KOs), awarding him a TKO victory in their featherweight clash.

Joe McGrail (8-0, 4 KOs) defeated Edgar Ortiz Jr (8-5-2, 4 KOs) in their featherweight clash via second-round TKO.

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