Sunny Edwards gives masterclass to beat Moruti Mthalane and claim IBF flyweight world title

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Sunny Edwards becomes the second member of his family to win a world flyweight title after setting up a masterclass to defeat South African Moruti Mthalane and claim the IBF belt

  • Edwards produced a sublime display to deal Mthalane’s first defeat in 13 years
  • The stylish screen achieved a unanimous victory of 118-111 120-108 115-113 points
  • The 25-year-old follows his brother Charlie to become world champion

Sunny Edwards has become the second member of his family to win a world flyweight title after a near-flawless performance against South African veteran Moruti Mthalane.

The 25-year-old younger brother of former WBC champion Charlie Edwards took the IBF belt by inflicting Mthalane’s first defeat since 2008 at York Hall on Friday night.

With the exception of a handful of moments in the last three rounds when he was caught with a few shots, Edwards was masterful at keeping Mthalane at bay, dominating the 38-year-old with his jab and excellent movements.

Sunny Edwards (above) followed his brother Charlie to become world champion

He rarely expanded to joint bouts, but controlled the fight from a distance by winning 118-111, 120-108 and 115-113 on the cards.

Edwards, who improved to 16-0, said: ‘It was nothing short of what I expected. I’ve said it all along.

‘I knew it was going to be tough and he was good at closing the gap. I had it 7-5 or 8-4 and I didn’t like the 120-108 but I felt I deserved to win and their corner said I deserved to win. It may not always be beautiful, but I’m hard to beat.

The 25-year-old conquered the IBF band by inflicting Moruti Mthalane's first defeat since 2008

The 25-year-old conquered the IBF band by inflicting Moruti Mthalane’s first defeat since 2008

‘After the sixth round he came up fast for seven and eight and I tied him up well, but I heard him breathe and I thought another round or two and he will flag. When I started to let go of my hands, I was scoring. ‘

He added: ‘I’m glad I put on a show against a great champion. He will give nightmares to other fighters. I’m happy. I came here for this. ‘

Promoter Frank Warren said, “It was a masterclass, the art of boxing. That was one of the best performances I’ve seen from a British boxer in years. He has just beaten the number 1 fighter in the world. If Floyd Mayweather saw that, he would say it was a fantastic achievement. ‘

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