Jesse Rodriguez secures victory over Sunny Edwards after nine rounds to consolidate flyweight championships.

Jesse Rodríguez emerged victorious over Sunny Edwards from Great Britain in the ninth round through a technical knockout, unifying the IBF and WBO flyweight championships. The highly-anticipated match took place on Saturday night at the Desert Diamond Arena in Glendale, Arizona.
Rodríguez, a 23-year-old boxer from San Antonio known as Bam, managed to drop Edwards for the first time in his career with a powerful left hook in the ninth round. Edwards went down on his knees with his face on the canvas. Although he beat the count and made it to the bell, he did not continue the fight in the 10th round.
By defeating Edwards, Rodríguez not only defended his own WBO strap but also claimed the IBF title in the 112lbs category. He became the first unified champion in the flyweight division since Brian Viloria in 2012, making his victory a significant milestone in boxing history.
Prior to the fight-ending moment in the ninth round, a ringside angle captured Rodríguez’s masterful performance.
After the match, Rodríguez expressed his joy, saying, “I had a lot of motivation going into this fight knowing I have a daughter on the way, I’m just so happy right now.” With a record of 19-0 and 12 knockouts, he added, “I’m just satisfied that I got the win, period. That was my main goal. But during camp, I knew I had what it took to knock him out or stop him, and that’s what I did, so (that) just made the win that much better.”
Edwards, who now holds a record of 20-1 with four wins inside the distance, sustained cuts around both of his eyes throughout the intense bout. He admitted that the cut over his left eye made it difficult for him to evade Rodríguez’s lead hand. Reflecting on the fight, Edwards remarked, “I think it was a great fight, but yeah, the better man won today.” Previously, he successfully defended his IBF title four times after winning it with a decision over Moruti Mthalane of South Africa in 2021.
Rodríguez had previously claimed the vacant WBO title in April by defeating Cristian Gonzalez Hernandez. Afterward, he moved down in weight and secured the World Boxing Council super flyweight world title in February 2022 with a victory over Carlos Cuadros. He successfully defended the title twice before his recent superb performance against Edwards. On his career journey, Rodríguez acknowledged, “A lot of people said my career was overrated, that I wasn’t that good, but now I showed what I can do. Edwards is a hell of a fighter, he was champion for a reason, and tonight I managed to stop him.”

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