Fearsome former IBF junior flyweight belt holder Felix Alvarado is looking to become a two-weight world title holder when he takes on the fluid boxing skills of IBF flyweight boss Sunny Edwards, at the Sheffield Arena, in Sheffield, England, on Friday.
Alvarado, who is ranked No. 10 by The Ring at 112 pounds, vacated his world title earlier this year and moved up in weight when he couldn’t get a unification. He is now looking for more glory at flyweight.
“It’s an opportunity I don’t intend to miss,” Alvarado (38-2, 33 KOs) told The Ring through his manager William Ramirez. “Sunny is a good boxer but I have the tools and I will win; you can bet on it.
“I leave with the objective of being world champion and writing the history of my country.”
The 33-year-old Nicaraguan recognizes the task ahead but knows what he must do to emerge victorious.
“Very difficult but not impossible,” he said of the puzzle Edwards will present to him. “If we make a decision, there is no problem but I don’t think [it will] because I throw more combinations.
“Let’s go with the mindset of winning, in my mind there is nothing else.”
Alvarado, who prepared diligently in the Nicaraguan capital of Managua under the tutelage of Luis Cortez, is well versed in fighting on the road.
“There’s no problem where the fight is,” said Alvarado, who has previously fought in Costa Rica, Japan, Argentina, the Philippines and America. “I’m used to always fighting outside of my country, so there’s no problem where the fight is. We go away with the same winning attitude.
Ramirez is eager to see how their contrasting styles come together, but thinks his fighter will end up being too strong.
“I think it’s a classic boxer versus puncher matchup,” Ramirez said. “My guy knows how to cut the ring [off] and is definitely the toughest puncher. I would love to see Sunny try to prove himself and trade with Felix, but I don’t think he has the cojones to do it.
Edwards (18-0, 4 KOs), who is ranked No. 3 by The Ring, was a fine amateur, winning titles nationally before turning pro in 2016. The quick-footed speedster rose through the pro ranks by collecting various regional belts. sanctioning bodies.
The talkative Briton followed his older brother, Charlie, who won a flyweight world title, when he used his expert footwork and quick hands to shock IBF title slate Moruti Mthalane (UD 12). Edwards has since made two title defenses.
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