By Jon Uddin✏
Fighting through an opponent that presented an awkward style, a knockdown, and a nasty cut, 🇬🇧“Showtime” Sunny Edwards (14-0-0, 4KO) proved to be a level above 🇬🇧Marcel Braithwaite (9-2-0, 0KO) on Saturday as the opener to the Dubois headliner at The Copper Box Arena in London.
For the majority of the first half of the 12 round bout, Edwards used his switch hitting style and footwork to keep Braithwaite at bay with his jab and scoring with overhand shots. It was in the second that Braithwaite was able to steal a round in the early portion of the fight, getting better work done when there was more tussling on the inside after Edwards found himself locked up with the Liverpool native several times.
On paper Braithwaite doesn’t carry much in the way of power. As a matter of fact, he didn’t have a knockout on his record in ten fights heading into this one. That being said, in the seventh round he landed two flush shots on Edwards, a right cross and a left hook, that sent the flyweight from Croydon to the deck. Although losing the round, Edwards showed no lingering issues from the knockdown, responding by fighting a bit more aggressive to let Braithwaite know he was still in control.
Outside of a nasty cut above his right eye from a clash of heads, Edwards coasted the rest of the way. Braithwaite had a shake and bake style that resulted in a lot more holding matches than action in the ring, but Edwards still worked well to separate himself in the majority of rounds. The final tally from the ringside judges was 118-109 and 117-110 on two of the cards all for Sunny Edwards as he wins the vacant British Super Flyweight Title.
JON UDDIN’S SCORE: 117-110 EDWARDS