Veteran boxer Moruti Mthalane will take on Sunny Edwards for the IBF flyweight world title on Friday, April 30th in London, England.
- Moruti Mthalane vs Sunny Edwards goes Friday, April 30th, 2021 at 2 PM EST
- Who hoists IBF gold overhead in the coming days?
- Check out the fight odds, analysis, and predictions below
Moruti Mthalane and Sunny Edwards will test skills at York Hall in London, England. Mthalane vs Edwards broadcasts on ESPN+.
The IBF flyweight world championship is on the line here, with Mthalane as the champion looking to ward off the challenge of title contender Edwards.
Moruti Mthalane vs Sunny Edwards Odds
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There is a pronounced mutual respect heading into this contest which features an undefeated contender making his bid for the belt and a supremely dominant champion for a meaningful period of time.
Moruti Mthalane’s Championship Longevity
Moruti Mthalane’s last contest was in December 2019, when he dispatched Akira Yaegashi via ninth-round TKO to defend his crown.
He enters this ring with the express goal of notching his fourth successful title defense across this specific championship reign. Mthalane has not tasted defeat in over twelve years and has been competing at the world title level for well over a decade.
At age 38, Mthalane has shown no signs of slowing down, with historical representations of 1990’s George Foreman and Archie Moore coming to mind.
Since it’s Moruti Mthalane fight week
Never forget when Mthalane made the current WBO bantamweight champion and 3 division champion John Riel Casimero literally quit. pic.twitter.com/4mcl8FKhuG
— intangible (@rodneyjaguars57) April 26, 2021
Mthalane’s anomaly status is compounded by the fact that he has been so consistent in a lighter weight category whereby certain elite-level fighters can age seemingly overnight.
Sunny Edwards’ Biggest Test
This prizefight represents Edwards’ first crack at a championship at the world title level. He has captured a variety of British, European, and international hardware, but now he steps up to that next tier.
Edwards has also been fluctuating a bit between super flyweight and flyweight as his last two bouts were in the heavier category. Sunny Edwards captured gold at 115 pounds by besting Thomas Essomba via unanimous decision in August.
The advantages in professional experience and finishing ability certainly go to the defending champion. That being said, Edwards has been flawless while showcasing a sophisticated game that is defensively savvy and offensively efficient.
This title contest truly represents the unstoppable force versus the immovable object, quoting an old pro wrestling adage.
Mthalane vs Edwards Tale of the Tape
|John Riel Casimero, Genisis Libranza, Masahiro Sakamoto||Significant Wins||Ryan Farrag, Rosendo Hugo Guarneros, Hiram Gallardo|
These 112 pounders are scheduled for a twelve-round bout, and I think that it will go the full duration. The way both of these men match up with one another leads me to believe there is good value in pursuing a prop bet on his prizefight going the distance.
Ultimately, I think that Edwards scoring the upset and becoming the new world champion has solid value to it.
I know that sounds kind of wild with the backdrop of Mthalane’s laundry list of accomplishments. But the last year or so in boxing has featured some bigger upsets than this.
I think going with a prop bet on Edwards winning via points/decision is the move in the Mthalane vs Edwards odds.
Pick: Sunny Edwards (+120)
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