SUNNY EDWARDS believes he and world champion brother Charlie are following in the footsteps of heavyweight greats, The Klitschkos.
The Croydon flyweight siblings might be nine stone lighter than the Ukrainian former world heavyweight champions, but the little big men are inspired by their success story.
Sunny (10-0, 3 KOs) is heading towards world honours, while Charlie is WBC flyweight champion – the division where both aspire to hold global gongs at the same time and dominate like the Klitschkos did.
“We are the mini Croydon Klitschkos,” roared Sunny who defends his WBO European super-flyweight title at SSE Arena, Wembley on Saturday April 27, live on BT Sport.
Sunny, 23, showed he is destined for the top at the back end of 2018 with impressive wins against Ryan Farrag and Adrian Granados.
Charlie has been defeated, but like the Klitschkos showed mettle to bounce back from defeat and become a world champion.
Sunny said: “The Klitschkos would have started out with nothing and that is what makes you dangerous.
“I’ve always said that if you have disposable income and want for nothing those fights that you lose or times it gets hard, how easy is it to turn around and say; ‘Boxing isn’t for me?’
“When you have invested everything those setbacks don’t knock you off. They just help you pave a different way.
“Flyweights are not the biggest division, but we’re building enough of a profile. We’re not earning what the heavyweights do, but we’re earning good money and not slaving away in ten rounders for a couple of grand.”
Although the Edwards pair have devoted their lives to boxing, it was only 12 months ago they started training together when Charlie joined Sunny at Grant Smith’s Steel City gym in Sheffield.
Sunny added: “Although we have the same career we are walking them differently. We have different promoters for a start.
“Although he is my brother and I am so proud of where he is I am still paving my own way. I’m not looking for handouts off the back of him.
“It is great to have him alongside me training at Steel City gym. We help each other, we bring each other on and it’s great.”