Sunny Edwards relishes underdog tag ahead of his quest for world glory

“I think I will have to move around and have a look for the whole 12 rounds, to be honest."

Sunny Edwards is a man on a mission this weekend.

The 25-year-old, unbeaten from 15 professional bouts, can follow into the footsteps of his older brother by becoming world champion.

Charlie Edwards won the WBC flyweight title by outpointing Cristofer Rosales at London's O2 Arena in 2018 and made two defences of the belt.

Sunny will challenge for the IBF version this Friday against Moruti Mthalane of South Africa.

Despite being rated as one of Britain's most talented fighters, he is the underdog going into the flyweight fight, which is live on BT Sport.

Mthalane is undefeated since his 2008 defeat to Filipino legend Nonito Donaire and will make his UK debut at the iconic York Hall.

Since the start of the pandemic, UK fans have witnessed upsets with Dillian Whyte losing to Alexander Povetkin - before avenging the defeat in Gibraltar - and Mauricio Lara's knockout performance against Josh Warrington.

"I am pretty happy to be considered the underdog," Edwards said. "They have been on a great run recently and especially since boxing went behind closed doors.

"It is a trend I am confident of continuing and when I get the belt it will be in safe keeping with Kilo and Duchess (his dogs) protecting the crown jewels!

"I might have to ask the IBF about sanctioning some world champion dog collars if it all goes my way. And I know my dogs look quite mean, but they are big teddy bears!"

Charlie Edwards became world champion in 2018 and made two defences before vacating
Charlie Edwards became world champion in 2018 and made two defences before vacating

Despite a record of 26 wins inside the distance, Edwards believes he can take the hard-hitting flyweight the distance and outpoint him, based on his experience with the "Babyface" in previous training camps.

"I think I will have to move around and have a look for the whole 12 rounds, to be honest. You don't go head on against an immovable object, I've got to try and work around it for as long as I can.

"This is definitely a 12-round fight and I have trained for 15. All I know is, I wouldn't try and beat him in an arm wrestle, so I am not going to try and beat him in a fight!"

"It is a friendly one since we were together in Ukraine and we have got each other on social media, so it has always been a 'good luck' or 'well done' before and after fights.

"He is top of the division, top of the tree and he is where everybody else wants to be.

"He is heavily avoided, we know that. I think he's had like 10 world title fights and nobody has ever given him a unification shot. He has proved time and time again he will be the away fighter, even as a world champion.

"I think you have to understand the beast I am getting in the ring with, to be honest. I do.

"When I got out of the ring in Ukraine he said I would 100 per cent be a world champion, when I asked him for a picture. Hopefully that 100 per cent will be on April 30 and against him, but he is such a nice man and a great champion.

"I do genuinely feel honoured to be sharing a ring with him, but all the friendliness will fall by the wayside when that first bell goes.

"I just need to win and having that world title would mean the absolute world to me and it would put me up there with the top British fighters right now."

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