Sunny Edwards Displays Heated Emotions During Tense Press Conference Ahead Of Jesse Rodriguez Bout

December 15, 2023
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Sunny Edwards Displays Heated Emotions During Tense Press Conference Ahead Of Jesse Rodriguez Bout

Jesse Rodriguez and Sunny Edwards held their pre-fight presser before their flyweight clash on December 16th, 2023. 

Both fighters remain undefeated ahead of this unification clash. The WBO champion Rodriguez has 18 wins, 11 of which are knockout. He secured the title after beating Cristian Gonzalez via a unanimous decision. Edwards, meanwhile, makes the fifth defense of his IBF belt. His last fight was a win over Andres Campos via a unanimous decision. 

In chief support, Murodjon Akhmadaliev squares off against Kevin Gonzalez at super bantamweight in a WBA title eliminator. The winners put themselves in line to face the current champion, Marlon Tapales, or Naoya Inoue, as they fight for undisputed on December 26th, 2023. Here were the key quotes from the presser. 

Rodriguez’s Quotes

“This is the biggest fight of my career, no doubt, but I approach it the same way I always do; cool, calm and collected. There’s no need for talking. All my work has been done in the gym and on Saturday night, you’ll see that.

“I’ve always been this way, and this is nothing different. It’s just another day and on Saturday night I am ready to shine. Camp is done, training is done, we have the right game plan and come Saturday night, people will see everything we’ve been working on, my hand will be raised in victory, and I am taking his belt, his ‘0’ and it’s time.

“I respect him as a person, I said yesterday though that on social media he likes to talk but in person he doesn’t. If I didn’t want this fight, I wouldn’t be here. We wanted it and that’s why we’re here. I am going to do you like Julio Cesar Martinez did to your brother. We’re ready, he’ll see, just tune in on DAZN. Bam Rodriguez, unified champion on Saturday night,” Jesse Rodriguez

Edwards’ Quotes

“The reason why I don’t talk in person is that if I started talking and bullying you the way I could; your trainer didn’t come to Orlando, and he’s not sat here – why? Because he is scared of what I say. Your whole team is on eggshells, no one wants to look at me, you have been walking doing sweat sessions last night; I just want to make sure you don’t have any excuses for your bad hand, bad jaw, that’s why I didn’t bully you.

I know exactly who I am, I just didn’t want to bully a 23 year old kid because you wouldn’t have turned up otherwise. That’s why we’ve been chilling. You don’t know who you are. [And] you don’t even know if you like boxing. You have been a nice, quiet little boy and now you want to say I don’t know who I am? You are the one that’s confused. Of course I shake your hand, you are a fighter.

“It’s not about talking s**t, the reason I laid off you was I know how hard it was to get you and your team to accept this fight. You didn’t want this fight. On Saturday night you are going to be like your brother, retired. You have no heart for this. Everyone says ‘game plan, game plan, game plan’ but it all goes out of the window when you can’t lay a glove on me. Facts. I’m not worried about this kid,” Sunny Edwards

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