Sunny Edwards Receives Order to Face IBF Mandatory Challenger Felix Alvarado
3Kings Boxing has learned that Sunny Edwards (18-0, 4 KOs) has been ordered to defend the IBF flyweight title against his mandatory challenger, Felix Alvarado (38-2, 33 KOs). The sanctioning body ruled on September 8 that Edwards and Alvarado have thirty days to make the match, or it will go to a purse bid.
Edwards had hoped 2022 would be a banner one. The 26-year-old hoped to engage in a unification battle with the current WBC champ, Julio Cesar Martinez, in October 2022. But negotiations became increasingly frustrating. In the end, neither party could reach a deal.
Instead, he will face an Alvarado who will not be an easy opponent. In October 2018, he stopped Randy Petalcorin in seven rounds to win the IBF junior flyweight title. He defended the title twice and signed a deal with Golden Boy Promotions in February 2020. Thinking that move would elevate him into big fights at 108, Alvarado would held out for over a year in the division. However, frustrated by not being able to land a unification match at junior flyweight, the 33-year-old vacated the belt earlier this year.
Edwards – Alvarado would be the ultimate style match. It would pit the boxing skills and movement of the champ versus the aggressive, hard-hitting challenger. Because this is not yet a done deal, stay tuned to 3Kings Boxing for further updates.
By: Michael Wilson Jr.