Sunny Edwards battles to become world champion at the home of British boxing and Betfair's Frankie Monkhouse expects him to do just that...
"York Hall has been the setting when many talented boxers have realised they’ve hung around just a little too long."
Bumper weekend of boxing
A bumper weekend of British boxing gets underway on Friday evening as Sunny Edwards takes on Moruti Mthalane. The IBF world flyweight title is on the line here as Londoner Edwards aims to continue his impressive unbeaten record.
This Frank Warren show from the world-famous York Hall, Bethnal Green, consists of seven bouts with several British prospects on show. Armchair fans can follow best of the night's action on BT Sport and bet on Mthalane v Edwards at Betfair.
Tipped for the top
Edwards has been tipped for the top since making his professional boxing debut with a flashy four-round points win in Spain five years ago. Since then, the talented Croydon fighter has passed every test put on him. Sunny carries an unblemished 15-0-0 record into this world title challenge and believes he's more than ready to take the next step.
Of his 15 wins, 25-year-old Showtime has scored only four inside the distance. He possesses the power to hurt opponents, but his game is one of skill, speed, and ringcraft. He aims to become the world champion by using those talents to build up a sizeable lead on the scoring judges' cards.
Edwards hasn't been seen in action since August when beating Cameroon's Thomas Essomba by a comfortable points decision at the BT Sport Studio in Stratford. The eight-month lay-off isn't ideal going into the biggest fight of his career, but Edwards is 2.56/4 to win his return. The points verdict is 2.47/5 with a KO/TKO 76/1.
Mthalane unbeaten since 2008
Despite being IBF world flyweight champion, it would be fair to say Mthalane is unknown in this part of the world, even amongst most boxing fans. He may fight under the nickname of Babyface, but he's 38 years old, which is ancient for a fighter from the lower weights. He deserves our respect for continuing to compete at the top level.
Moruti boasts 39 wins against two defeats, with 26 of his victories coming by way of knockout. He made his professional debut way back in 2000, long before Edwards had ever thought of lacing up a pair of boxing gloves. The away fighter hopes that experience will give him the advantage in Bethnal Green on fight night.
Mthalane's last bout was in December 2019 when beating Akira Yaegashi in Japan to win the world title. He scored the victory in the ninth round that evening and hasn't tasted defeat since losing to Nonito Donaire in 2008. Mthalane is 1.75/7 to win this fight. Another KO/TKO is 1.111/9 with the points cheer 2.47/5.
Time's up for the ageing champion
Mthalane is vastly more experienced than Edwards and brings an impressive CV. He has already proven himself to be tough and won't give up that extended unbeaten run easily. At 38 years old and having been out of the ring since 2019, it doesn't look good for him.
The grand old York Hall has been the setting when many talented boxers have realised they've hung around just a little too long. That could prove to be the case again.
Moruti is fit and strong, but Edwards has speed, energy, and youth on his side. He hasn't stopped an opponent since 2019, but the longer this fight goes, and Sunny pulls clear, he may just get the veteran out of there.