Jesse Rodriguez – Sonny Edwards flyweight combined bout Dec. 16 in Arizona – The Ring

Jesse Rodriguez defeats Israel Gonzalez by unanimous decision in his second defense of the WBC Junior Bantamweight Title. (Photo by Ed Mulholland/Matchroom)

By Francisco Salazar |

Matchroom Boxing will be busy promoting fight cards in two countries in the coming months.

The World Flyweight Championship match between Jesse Rodriguez and Sunny Edwards takes place on Dec. 16 at the Desert Diamond Arena in Glendale, Ariz., Matchroom Boxing announced Saturday.

The 12-round bout, which will be broadcast live on DAZN, will feature flyweight No. 1 (Edward) and No. 4 (Rodriguez), respectively, by The Ring at 112 pounds.

Rodriguez (18-0, 11 knockouts), who lives in San Antonio, Texas, will return to the same place where he earned his first world championship belt as a pro on February 5, 2017. Then Rodriguez dropped Carlos Cuadras once en route to a unanimous victory. Wins the vacant WBC junior bantamweight world title.

The 23-year-old gave up the WBC title after that. Defeating Srisaket Rungvisai and Israel Gonzalez in a final bout on April 8, Rodriguez was crowned the vacant WBO flyweight world champion by defeating Christian Gonzalez by unanimous decision. During the fight, Rodriguez suffered a broken jaw.

Rodriguez is eager to make a statement and solve the case why he is today’s No. 1 flyweight in boxing.

“I want to thank Matchroom, Teiken (promoted) and my entire team for making this fight happen,” said Rodriguez, trained by Robert Garcia. I’m not just the best flyweight in the world. but also one of the best fighters in the world.

“I’m excited to be back in Arizona. where I became world champion for the first time And I will be ready 100 per cent to perform on December 16th and become unified world champions.”

Edwards (20-0, 4 KOs), based in London, England, successfully defended his IBF World Title for the fourth time on June 10, beating Chile’s Andres Campos by unanimous decision. In a previous fight on November 11, Edwards defeated Felix. Alvarado by unanimous decision

The 27-year-old has a gift whether on social media or in the press. Edwards plans to derail Rodriguez and show off his pedigree in the process.

“I am looking forward to participating in one of the greatest flyweight world championship fights in boxing history,” Edwards said. “I would like to thank Eddie Hearn, Frank Smith and Matchroom Boxing and my team for keeping me in this position. I want to thank ‘Bam’ (Rodriguez) and his team for accepting this fight. And I’m looking forward to being one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world on Dec. 16 in Arizona.

Matchroom Boxing Announces Three Additional Cards All of which will stream on DAZN.

Diego Pacheco, the unbeaten super middleweight, faces Marcelo. Coceres on November 18 at the YouTube Theater in Inglewood, California, not far from his home in South Central Los Angeles.

Pacheco (19-0, 16 KOs) earned an impressive fourth-round knockout over Martin Gallegos, who had won once in his last fight on July 7, in his previous bout on March 11. Jack, the 22-year-old challenger, stops at the punch. Cullen in the fourth round as well.

“I can’t wait to star at home on November 18th at the YouTube Theatre,” Pacheco said. in my hometown.”

Coceres (32-5-1, 18 KOs), who lives in Buenos Aires, Argentina, stopped Leonel Avila in the second round of his final race on May 19. The 32-year-old lost by knockout to Billy Joe Saunders in the closing stages of September. November 2019 and dropped Edgar Berlanga once before losing a close fight in October 2019.

On September 23, Richardson Hitchins, the undefeated junior welterweight from Manhattan, New York, will step up to the big fight. when he faced former World Title challenger Jose Cepeda at Casino Royale in Orlando, Florida.

Hitchins (16-0, 7 KOs) was scheduled to fight Montana Love on July 15, but the fight was canceled after Love reportedly injured himself during training camp.

In his final fight on February 3, Hitchins, 26, twice dropped John Bauza during a one-sided decision in an unbeaten junior welterweight clash. who

Zepeda (36-3, 27 KOs), who lives in La Puente, a Los Angeles suburb, defeated Neeraj Goyat by unanimous decision in a final bout on March 25. The 34-year-old challenged. Defeated Regis Prograis for the vacant WBC world junior welterweight title on November 26, losing by fourth-round knockout.

Also, Jessica McCaskill, former undisputed welterweight champion (12-3, 5 KO) from Chicago, Illinois. Will face Sandy Ryan (6-1, 2 KO) of Derby, England. In the World Unified Championship, middleweight Austin Williams (14-0, 10 KO) of Houston will face Steve. Toronto’s Rolls (22-2, 12 KOs) in a 10-round bout.

Lightweight fighter Angel Fierro will face Brayan Zamaripa on September 15 at the Auditorio Municipal in Tijuana, Mexico. his hometown

Fierro (21-1-2, 17 KOs) last fought on March 4, beating the unbeaten Eduwardo Estela once in the seventh round. The 25-year-old is unbeaten in his last six bouts since losing. Alex Martin with a majority in January 2020.

Southern boxer Zamarripa (13-1, 4 KOs), who lives in nearby Ensenada, defeated Jose Vega Ochoa by a majority in their final bout on October 21.

Former world featherweight champion Erika Cruz (15-2, 3 KOs) of Mexico City will face Melissa Odessa Parker (6-1, 2 KOs) of Spring, Texas in a 10-round bout.

Francisco A. Salazar has been writing for The Ring since October 2013 and has been writing for boxing in Southern California and internationally since 2000. Francisco has also written for the Ventura County (California) newspaper. Star can be contacted at [email protected]

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