Rodriguez vs Edwards Predictions: Bam to KO Sunny

 | December 15 | 

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There's a huge fight in the flyweight division taking place on Saturday night, as Britain's IBF champ Sunny Edwards takes on WBO titlist Jesse 'Bam' Rodriguez, in a winner takes all unification battle. Someone's 0 has got to go...

Rodriguez vs Edwards Betting Tips

  • Jesse Rodriguez to win via KO/TKO - 5/1

After writing about Jake Paul fighting some unknown boxer and the best fighters in the other divisions all avoiding each other, how refreshing it is to see two young, undefeated fighters in their prime taking each other on.

Neither man really needs this fight, they could just sit in their safe little bubble and continue to defend their respective belts, or alternatively try to unify with one of the other champions.

However, Jesse 'Bam' Rodriguez (18-0-0(11KO)) and Britain's Sunny Edwards (20-0-0(4KO)) have chosen to put it all on the line on Saturday night, in a bout that will give one man two belts and the title of the world's best flyweight. For the other, it's back to the drawing board and a complete reset in their career.

It's a pretty easy statement to make, that this is each man's toughest opponent to date, with Bam winning vacant titles in two weights against Carlos Cuadras and Cristian Gonzalez. For Sunny, he stripped his belt from the champion Moruti Mthalane, before defending it on four occasions against various challengers.

So let's get into the nuts and bolts of the fight and give you our breakdown of how we think this huge unification fight might go down.

Where and when is the fight taking place?

The fight is taking place at the Desert Diamond Arena, Glendale, Arizona on Saturday 16th December and will be broadcast live and exclusively on DAZN in the UK.

The event is a Eddie Hearn promotion for Matchroom Boxing, with the main card expected to start at 1am and the main event ring walk due to take place at around Sunday 4am UK time.

What does the full fight card look like?

  • MAIN EVENT: Jesse 'Bam' Rodriguez vs Sunny Edwards - IBF/WBO flyweight titles
  • Murodjon Akhmadaliev vs Kevin Gonzalez
  • Galal Yafai vs Rocco Santomauro
  • Peter McGrail vs Jarico O'Quinn
  • Junaid Boston vs Gordie Russ II
  • Arturo Popoca vs Carlos Mujica
  • Joe McGrail vs Edgar Ortiz Jr
  • Albert Gonzalez vs Alexis Eduardo Molina

(subject to change)

What are the fight odds?

'Bam' Rodriguez is a heavy 4/9 favourite with the Betfred traders, giving him a 69% chance of victory. Sunny Edwards is a 15/8 outsider, meaning he has a 34% implied probability of winning. The draw is available to back at 16/1, if you fancy this fight to be a really close one.

What's been said?

"This is the biggest fight of my life, the biggest fight of my career, no doubt, but I'll approach it the same way I do any other fight. Cool, calm and collected.

My work has been done in the gym, no need for talking and you'll see that on Saturday night.

Camp's done, training's done, on Saturday night, my hand will be raised in victory.

I'm taking his belt, I'm taking his 0, I've been waiting for this since it was announced in June, I can't wait!"

Jesse 'Bam' Rodriguez

 

"I think he's arguably the hardest, but at the same time, I think he's made for me. I think he's shown that when fighters go backwards against him, he doesn't really know what to do.

He loses his shape, he falls in, he gets caught, the power that he thought he had isn't really there, when someone's not walking on to the punches.

If you're telling me that to get to some sort of greatness it's through a 23-year-old that can't come forward, then I'm running to that fight first."

Sunny Edwards

 

Jesse Rodriguez to win via KO/TKO - 5/1

I really like Sunny Edwards - Not as a man, he's pretty unpleasant and I had to unfollow him on Twitter - but as a boxer.

He has all the skills, footwork, trickery and ring generalship one needs as a world champion and he certainly doesn't lack for heart.

However, one thing he clearly lacks is power, as shown by his meagre four knockouts in his twenty fights to date.

That can not be said of Bam who is both technically excellent, yet can also put a man on his backside with one punch.

I think we will see a real tactical chess match for the first half of the fight, with Sunny nicking rounds, landing lightning shots and using his amazing footwork to stay out of range.

Eventually though, the Texan will start to land as Edwards tires and that only spells trouble for the Brit. His style of hitting and pulling his chin away is made for Rordriguez who will probably land a flash knockdown at some point in the middle rounds.

Once Sunny falls behind, he will be left with no other option than to stand and trade and that's when Bam is in his element. I think this will be a mid-late knockout for the WBO champ and potential super-stardom.

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