Edwards vs Alvarado Odds Preview: It’s Always Sunny in Sheffield

Reigning Flyweight Champ Faces Former Light Flyweight King

IBF Flyweight Champion Sunny Edwards is set to defend his belt on home soil against a former champion of the lower weight class: Felix Alvarado. The Edwards vs Alvarado odds favors the champ by a moderate margin at -600 on the sportsbook with the comeback on Alvarado at +400. Edwards is unbeaten and now faces his toughest challenge as both great boxers continue to hunt for bigger fights.

Edwards vs Alvarado

Match: Sunny Edwards (18-0-0, 4 KOs) vs Felix Alvarado (38-2-0, 33 KOs)
Location: Utilita Arena, Sheffield, England
Date, time (TV):
Title: IBF World Flyweight Title (112 lbs.)

Alvarado Still Chasing Greatness

For most of his career, Alvarado reigned in the light flyweight division. The Nicaraguan was eclipsed only by the likes of Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez as far as his countrymen. And only one of his two losses came at a higher weight – the one he’s fighting in now. Otherwise, Alvarado beat whoever the IBF put in front of him. He vacated the light flyweight belt for this fight.

“I am ready for this fight against Sunny Edwards,” Alvarado told ESPN after the word became official of this title fight. “And I want to thank God for allowing me the opportunity to achieve my dream of becoming a two-weight world champion.”

Alvarado was the mandatory challenger after knocking out Luis Cerrito Hernandez in the division. Known as “El Gemelo”, Alvarado is the twin brother to former super featherweight champion Rene Alvarado.

“Being able to train alongside and live with Rene has helped a lot,” said Alvarado prior to his bout with Deejay Kriel early last year. “We grew up together since we were little.

We talk about boxing and we push one another in the gym. When one of us sees an error or mistake the other does in the gym, we tell each other and we don’t get mad.”

While Rene has a more checkered record, he’s fought more of the bigger names in his divisions. That’s something Alvarado wants: bigger boxing fight events. And while he’s not a household name internationally, he is loved by his fellow Nicaraguans.

Alvarado will carry plenty of the “Rocky” fighting spirit heading to enemy territory. The Edwards vs Alvarado odds may be selling him short. But you can never underestimate a man who’s won it all and continues to strive.

Edwards Brings The “Showtime” to Local Fans

At just 26 years old, Edwards is quickly becoming one of boxing’s best champions. The Briton is undefeated and has looked smooth in almost all of his bouts.

Sure, it may take a “true boxing fan” to appreciate Edwards’s style – which is tactical and defense-oriented – but people can only deny him for so long.

“I have become one of the most avoided fighters in world boxing,” Edwards said after his targeted unification bout against Julio Cesar Martinez fell through. “But Felix Alvarado has the courage to face me on Nov. 11, and that makes him an extremely dangerous opponent.”

Edwards won’t overlook Alvarado is he does have a resume behind him. Even as the “smaller” boxer, Alvarado has a bigger frame than Edwards.

Alvarado is also more athletic and a bigger puncher as 86.8 percent of his victories have come via knockout. Thus, the champ won’t pay much heed to the boxing betting odds.

“I have grand plans to become the undisputed flyweight world champion, and then move through the weights, and I am totally confident that will happen. But there is no room for error against a fighter of Alvarado’s caliber, that’s for sure.”

Edwards won the belt off of longtime champ Moruti Mthalane as an underdog. Since then, he’s been peerless in his two title defenses. If he can follow through with the Edwards vs Alvarado odds, the title unification he’s been clamoring for may finally come to fruition.

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