Just moments ago in Dubai we saw IBF Flyweight champion Sunny Edwards (17-0, 4) successfully retain his title, and record his first defense, as he out-pointed Filipino challenger Jayson Mama (16-1, 9) over 12 rounds in what was a messy fight, ruined further by some of the worst commentary we've heard in a long time.
The fight was really messy early on. It seemed Edwards was fighting the wrong fight and Mama was certainly not looking to keep the action clean. The messiness caused head clashes that left Edward cut on the hair line in round 2 and seemed to keep out of his usual gameplan in round 3, as he looked to punish Mama.
The Englishman, a brilliant technical boxer with lovely speed, footwork and movement, began to really found his groove in round 4, making Mama look third rate as he landed at will against the Filipino, who followed him but had no real success.
The skills of Edwards showed through the rest of the bout, and whilst he wasn't as flawless the commentary suggested, in what a laughable display of bum kissery, he was never in any real trouble, expect when he took a left hand to the body. That shot did more to keepo Edwards sharp afterwards than anything else, but it was a reminder that Mama was there to win, and was willing to throw shots, when he got close enough.
In round 10 we saw the bouts only knockdown, as Edwards caught Mama off balance sending him to the canvas but not hurting him. That resulted in the only 10-8 round of the fight, and lead to Mama trying to turn things around late on. Though he failed.
Given the messiness early on, and Mama having some success, it was clear this wasn't the shut out the commentary, who were gushing like Edwards' lover, were suggesting. But Edwards was the rightful, and very comfortable, winner, with scores of 118-109, twice, and 1117-110.
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