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Moruti Mthalane vs Sunny Edwards report
Who won Mthalane vs Edwards?
Sunny Edwards beat Moruti Mthalane by unanimous decision in their 12 round contest on Friday 30th April 2021 at York Hall in London.
The scorecards were announced as 111-118, 113-115, 108-120 in favor of winner Sunny Edwards.
The fight was scheduled to take place over 12 rounds in the Flyweight division, which meant the weight limit was 112 pounds (8 stone or 50.8 KG).
This contest was for the IBF flyweight championship of the world.
Also, on the undercard Michael Conlan was victorious over Ionut Baluta and Troy Williamson beat Kieran Smith.
Mthalane vs Edwards stats
Moruti Mthalane stepped into the ring with a record of 39 wins, 2 loses and 0 draws, 26 of those wins coming by the way of knock out.
Sunny Edwards made his way to the ring with an unblemished record of 15 wins and 0 draws, with 4 of those by knock out.
The stats suggested Mthalane had a massive power advantage over Edwards, boosting at 67% knock out percentage over Edwards' 27%.
Moruti Mthalane was the older man by 13 years, at 40 years old.
Mthalane had a height advantage of 2 inches over Edwards. That also extended to a 7-inch reach advantage.
Both Moruti Mthalane & Sunny Edwards fought out of an orthodox stance.
Mthalane was the more experienced professional fighter, having had 26 more fights, and made his debut in 2000, 15 years and 9 months earlier than Edwards, whose first professional fight was in 2016. He had fought 111 more professional rounds, 260 to Edwards' 149.
Mthalane vs Edwards form
Mthalane had won 5 of his most recent fights, stopping 3 of them, going the distance twice.
In his last fight before this contest, he had beat Akira Yaegashi on 23rd December 2019 by technical knockout in the 9th round in their IBF World Flyweight championship fight at Arena, Kanagawa, Japan.
Previous to that, he had beat Masayuki Kuroda on 13th May 2019 by unanimous decision in their IBF World Flyweight championship fight at Korakuen Hall, Tokyo.
Going into that contest, he had won against Masahiro Sakamoto on 31st December 2018 by technical knockout in the 10th round in their IBF World Flyweight championship fight at Wynn Palace Cotai, Macao, China.
Before that, he had beat Muhammad Waseem on 15th July 2018 by unanimous decision in their IBF World Flyweight championship fight at Axiata Arena, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
He had defeated Genisis Libranza on 28th April 2017 by knockout in the 4th round at South Africa, Cape Town, United States.
Edwards remained undefeated as a professional.
In his last fight leading up to this contest, he had won against Thomas Essomba on 29th August 2020 by unanimous decision in their 12 round contest at BT Sport Studio, London, United Kingdom.
Previous to that, he had won against Marcel Braithwaite on 21st December 2019 by unanimous decision in their BBBOC British Super Flyweight championship fight at Copper Box Arena, London.
Going into that contest, he had defeated Hugo Rosendo Guarneros on 14th September 2019 by unanimous decision in their 10 round contest at York Hall, London.
Before that, he had beat Hiram Gallardo on 13th July 2019 by unanimous decision in their 10 round contest at O2 Arena, London.
He had won against Junior Granados on 15th December 2018 by unanimous decision in their 10 round contest at Brentwood Centre, Essex.
In terms of activity leading into the fight, Sunny Edwards had been fighting more than Moruti Mthalane.
Going to this contest, Moruti Mthalane had last fought 3 years, 5 months and 13 days ago, while Sunny Edwards' last outing had been 2 years, 9 months and 7 days ago.
Mthalane's last 5 fights had come over a period of 6 years, 1 month and 8 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 1 year, 2 months and 21 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 47 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 9.4 rounds on average.
Edwards' last 5 fights had come over a period of 4 years, 5 months and 21 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 10 months and 22 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 54 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 10.8 rounds on average.
What time did Mthalane vs Edwards start?
The fighters were expected to ringwalk at around 10:00 PM BST at York Hall, London, United Kingdom, which was 5:00 PM EST or 2:00 PM PST on the West Coast of America.
Who broadcast Mthalane vs Edwards?
The ESPN+ show is expected to begin at 2:00 PM EST / 11:00 AM PST. The BT Sport 1 broadcast of the card is expected to start at 7:00 PM (BTS).
What were the odds on Mthalane vs Edwards?
Moruti Mthalane was a 67/100 (-150) favourite going into the contest, while Sunny Edwards made his way into the ring at 6/5 (+120) with oddsmakers.