Rodriguez had too much power and skill for the IBF champion, who could not cope with the firepower. Rodriguez established his jab early on to prevent Edwards from boxing and moving. Bam’s straight left down the middle allowed the champion to attack the body. Despite Edwards claiming that the shots were below the belt, the Brit hit back with a left hook in a thrilling first round.
In the next round, Edwards’ eye was already swollen after Rodriguez’s straight right. The latter was a step ahead with his punches as Edwards switched to southpaw in the third to stop further damage to his eye. The Brit responded with a straight left and a right hand, landing on Rodriguez’s jaw.
Rodriguez upped the ante, causing the ringside doctor to check Edwards, who was bleeding under the left and the right eye in the seventh. The fight continued but was over shortly after. A left hand sent Edwards to the floor. While the Brit got up and made it out of the ninth round, he was pulled from the fight by his corner. The win put Rodriguez in the conversation for one of the best P4P fighters, while Edwards must get his first loss out of his system.
Lord of the Flyweights@210bam dominated the majority of the fight and forced a stoppage before round 10 after this brutal knockdown.
— DAZN Boxing (@DAZNBoxing) December 17, 2023
“Excuse my language, but [becoming unified champ is] f—— bad a**. I worked my a** off for this. I knew it was gonna come, it was just a matter of time. He was a lot quicker than I thought, he was a lot smarter than I thought, but you saw what happened. Sunny was moving a lot in the beginning, but I made him fight and he got caught.
“I was confident the whole fight and I felt him slowing down in rounds three and four. Sunny’s a hell of a fighter, but maybe he’s not used to being hit that much. I brought something tonight that he couldn’t handle,” Rodriguez said
Rest Of The Card
Jesse Rodriguez def. Sunny Edwards via a tenth-round TKO.
Murodjon Akhmadaliev def. Kevin Gonzalez via an eight-round TKO
Galal Yafai beat Rocco Santomauro def. a unanimous decision: 99-91, 98-93, 97-93
Ja’Rico O’Quinn def, Peter McGrail via a fifth-round KO
Arturo Popoca def. Carlos Mujica via a fourth-round TKO
Junaid Bostan def. Gordie Russ II via a unanimous decision: 79-73, 79-73, 79-73
Joe McGrail def. Edgar Ortiz Jr. via a second-round TKO
Alberto Gonzalez def. Alexis Eduardo Molina via second-round KO