Via Charles Brun: Promoted athlete Richard Schaefer will enter a unification match between IBF flyweight champion Sunny Edwards and WBC champion Julio Cesar Martinez, provided Edwards defeats Muhammad Waseem this Saturday, May 19. 3.
Edwards (17-0.4 KO) is defending against #4 Wassem (12-0.8 KO) at Tax Free Tennis Stadium, Dubai. Schaefer wanted to do a fight between boxer Sunny and WBC 112-lb champion Martinez.
Rey Martinez promoter Eddie Hearn had previously been eager to do a fight with Sunny, 26, but his outlook appeared to be changing as Rey was defeated by Roman ‘Chocolatito’ Martinez on March 5. in San Diego.
Having said that, Hearn should have thought long before he let Rey Martinez take on former four-division world champion Chocolatito because he didn’t have the talent to pit the boxing legend. Everything Martinez does, Chocolatito does better, even at 34.
It’s understandable why Hearn might not be eager to let Martinez, 27, fight a boxer as good as Sunny since he’s quite capable of hitting him the way Chocolatito did.
If that happens, Hearn will be stuck with a depleted Martinez, whom he won’t be able to draw as much attention to for his battles on DAZN as he did before. For now, Martinez’s popularity is likely to wane after he’s been enrolled in school by Chocolatito.
If Hearn does indeed give the green light to an Edwards-Martinez fight, Martinez will first need to win a rematch with WBC’s mandatory McWilliams Arroyo before he can wage a clash united against Sunny.
Fusion of Schaefer on Sunny and Martinez
“Totally true if that’s what Sunny Edwards wants and Eddie [Hearn] open to it, I think there won’t be a problem,” promoter Richard Schaefer told iFL TV when asked about the possibility of Sunny facing Julio Cesar Martinez next if he beats Waseem on Saturday.
“We got along really well with Eddie. I look forward to hosting events with him,” Schaefer continued. “So maybe it is [Rey Martinez vs. Sunny Edwards] will be the first. It would be a hell of a fight. I mean, I enjoyed watching that fight.
“In my opinion, that should be the next fight; Assuming all goes well for Sunny, let’s finish that fight. You know, I like big fights and that’s the biggest fight in that department [flyweight]’ said Schaefer.
It didn’t seem unusual for Hearn to be less daring in a mind match for one of his fighters. What it suggests to this writer is that Hearn is still feeling the consequences of being badly burned with the humiliating loss of Rey Martinez to Chocolatito, and that he doesn’t want to make things worse for his boxer. by attaching him to Sunny.
Hearn was surprised to think that Martinez would beat Chocolatito, which was a false idea from the jump. We just saw Chocolatito was said to have been robbed in his previous fight against Juan Francisco Estrada in 2021.
If Chocolatito can dominate Estrada, that tells you all you need to know about slugger Rey Martinez’s limited chances against the Nicaraguan legend.
“The longer you are out there, the more you promote, the more awareness you create, which gets people talking. I think Eddie was wrong about that,” Schaefer said of how he disagreed with Hearn on his view that Sunny compromised his efforts to get a fight with Rey Martinez by tricking him. We’re on social media to do that.
“Even though he’s the best promoter in the world, on that point, I really think he’s wrong. It’s great that Sunny Edwards is positioning herself [to get the Rey Martinez fight]. Everyone is talking about it. They evoke emotions, and when you evoke emotions, the fight gets bigger.
“Obviously Sunny did a great job in bringing out the emotions in Eddie Hearn. Keep poking fun at the bear, and we just have to be ready when the bear attacks that you know what to do. I think Sunny will be ready for that.
“Look, Sunny Edwards is a great self-promoter, let’s face it. Someone said to me recently, ‘He reminds me of Conor McGregor.’ You know he’s out there, he’s promoting himself, he’s a promoter’s dream. So let’s do the battles that the fans want to see.
Edwards faces Waseem on Saturday
“Imagine that commercial with Eddie and Martinez, and with me and Sunny Edwards. Schaefer said.
“Outdoors at night are beautiful. In fact, it’s nice to be outside,” Schaefer said of Sunny Edwards’ fight against Muhammad Waseem this Saturday, March 19, in Dubai.
“It was a great weekend; It’s a big Irish weekend, St Patrick’s Day weekend, so a lot of carnival is going to be here in Dubai over the next few days, and obviously its culmination on Friday nights and nights. Saturday. These are two of the biggest boxing matches ever seen in the Middle East.
As long as Sunny wins the match against Waseem this Saturday, he will likely take on Rey Martinez if he wins the rematch against Arroyo.
At this point, you just don’t know what you’re going to get from Martinez because his confidence could hit a career low after the way Chocolatito battered and beat him on March 5.
Arroyo (21-4, 16 KOs) will take note of what Chocolatito did to Martinez and he will make sure he follows the same blueprint.
Last November, Arroyo beat Martinez hard in the first round. In the second round, however, Martinez was in his favor by knocking out 36-year-old McWilliams.
In the third round, Martinez stabbed Arroyo, injuring him with a head blow that halted the fight.
In injury time, Martinez looked like he was on his way to take down Arroyo due to the strength and pressure his relentless pressure was exerting on the 2008 Olympian.
In the rematch, if McWilliams can tighten his defense the way Chocolatito did against Martinez, it could be an easy fight for him like his win over Carlos Cuadras in 2018.