bbc.com 01 May, 2021 05:00 am

Sunny Edwards beats Moruti Mthalane to land shock IBF world flyweight title win

Sunny Edwards beats Moruti Mthalane to land shock IBF world flyweight title win
Britain's Sunny Edwards is the new IBF world flyweight champion after a superb win over South Africa's Moruti Mthalane.

Edwards follows his brother Charlie in becoming a world champion, making them only the second pair of brothers from the UK to win world titles.Mthalane had twice held world champion status during over two decades as a professional and Edwards told the 5 Live Boxing podcast earlier in the week that he would hit and move against a 38-year-old rival who had previously lost just twice in 41 outings.He delivered on the plan in spades and by halfway it seemed clear he would follow brother Charlie - a former WBC champion at the same weight - in becoming a world champion, a feat only Liverpudlian fighters Liam and Callum Smith had previously achieved in British boxing.We were friends before, I hope we're still friends now.

He joins Tyson Fury, Anthony Joshua, Lawrence Okolie, Billy Joe Saunders and Josh Taylor as Britain's male world champions and the manner of this confident victory points to a truly bright future.I felt I deserved to win.

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