Croydon’s Sunny Edwards gets crack at IBF international title at Greenwich’s 02

BY RICHARD CAWLEY

Sunny Edwards can add the IBF international super-flyweight title to his collection of belts when he fights at Greenwich’s 02 next month.

The Croydon fighter, 11-0 in the paid ranks, already holds two WBO straps – the European and international.

Edwards will face Mexican Hiram Gallardo (12-2) on the July 13 show headlined by South London heavyweight Daniel Dubois, who meets Nathan Gorman for the British title.

Gallardo has not previously fought outside of his home country but holds the WBC youth silver flyweight title.

“I’ve seen one of his fights from when he boxed on a Golden Boy promotion in Mexico where he won, I think from the away corner against Jose Eduardo Nunez, who was 10-0,” said Edwards, 23.

“He looks not a typical Mexican as he is a bit upright, is maybe 5ft 4 or 5ft 5 and quite small for the weight, as most of them are. He looks fairly strong and has a good record boxing mainly at super fly, although he has boxed up to super bantam.

“It is another world-ranking title and a good one for me to win because they insist on a high level of opponent. I said I want a hard fight because that is what brings the best out in me and that is what I’ve got.

“If I am as good as I think I am, I will get in the ring and beat these opponents.”

Edwards is annoyed his mandated opponent for a British title shot was withdrawn following the purse bid process.

“I am bitterly disappointed that Tommy Frank has withdrawn from a British title against me because I think it is a fight that makes perfect sense in September. 

“They didn’t even want to hear the purse bids because they weren’t interested in the fight.

“The funny thing is that, in an article they put out, they said that Tommy will go down the IBF route for the international title and so on. He must have been turned down by the IBF because I have been offered it now.

“So they refused to fight me for the British and now I am taking the title they were going after. They pulled out right at the last minute and that is not working in good faith.”

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