Sunny Edwards Targets Unification Bout
After Defeating Muhammad Waseem
Sunny Edwards retained his IBF world flyweight title and
then immediately turned his attention to unifying the
Edwards defeated Pakistan’s Muhammad Waseem after 12 rounds
in Dubai with scores of 115-111, 116-110 and 115-110 from
the ringside judges.
Waseem, who was bidding to become his country’s first ever
professional world champion, tried to make the fight a war
of attrition but he was deducted points in rounds six and
seven, which harmed his title tilt.
Edwards described his opponent as “world class” but felt
that he was a clear winner at Probellum Evolution and, after
the victory, repeated his desire to face Mexican Julio Cesar
Martinez, the WBC champion next in the biggest fight that
can be made in the 115lbs division.
“Muhammad is a world class operator and he and his team came
with a good game plan,” said Edwards, who is now 18-0.
“There was a lot on the line tonight but I didn’t want to
just run, run, run, I wanted to mix it up and I felt I won
comfortably in the end.
“I now want the Ring Magazine belt and the WBC title and I
know Martinez wants the fight so let’s make it happen, it
will be huge.”
Waseem, who’s record now reads 12-2, accepted that Edwards
deserved to keep hold of his IBF belt but he was unhappy
with the referee for taking points off him.
“Congratulations to Sunny tonight, he was the better man,”
“I felt it was very unfair of the referee to take points off
me, I don’t know why he did it – this is a fight!”