Flyweight world champion Sunny Edwards shockingly beats up Twitter troll in the ring after he traveled 200 miles by train from London to the boxer’s Sheffield gym to settle their online spat
- Sunny Edwards took on Twitter troll Fab Tanga in a bout in his gym in Sheffield
- The flyweight world champion is 18-0, and found it easy to pull out novice Tanga
- Edwards, who comes from an established boxing family, had his kids in his car
IBF flyweight world champion Sunny Edwards punished a ‘Twitter troll’ who traveled from London to his gym in Sheffield to settle their online dispute.
Novice fighter Fab Tanga paid £110 to travel 200 miles by train for the fight after a day spent building up the clash on the social media site.
However, Tanga was unable to live up to his own billing, and had to withdraw from the impromptu clash in the second round from exhaustion, after being left on the ropes by Edwards, who comes from an established boxing family.
When Tanga arrived in Yorkshire, I posted a photo outside Edwards’ gym in the Steel City.
This message prompted the 26-year-old flyweight champ to drive to the gym – with his two young kids in the back seats.
in to video on route to the gym, posted on Twitter, Edwards said: ‘I’m on the way right now, don’t go anywhere you little f***ing helmet.’
Tanga was initially resistant to fighting in front of children, but later, live streamed footage showed Edwards landing early headshots on the inexperienced Tanga.
He even started a second round, but a right hand from Edwards sent Tanga into the ropes, before he quit with exhaustion from the unexpected bout.
Sunny Edwards and Fab Tanga were fighting for six minutes before the novice quit exhausted
Tanga’s messaging about the proposed Yorkshire match-up started on Friday, when he said: ‘I promise, Sunny Edwards, I promise on my life that if you are not going to answer, Tomorrow morning I will be in front of your gym between 11 and 12. If you let me spend the money I use to eat and you will not there, I will walk all Sheffield screaming that you are a coward.’
He later added: ‘For the little I know about Sunny Edwards, I and him we don’t give as*** of what you think, we want just fight. Probably we will not sleep tonight, probably tomorrow morning our adrenaline can turn on the light of the whole UK. He is a warrior, he will be there, we will fight as warriors.’
It is not yet clear whether he has come to regret instigating this particular fight, although he was definitely on the losing side within the ring – despite Edwards claiming he ‘barely threw a shot’ against Tanga in six minutes of conflict.
The pair have since posted complimentary tweets about each other since the fight, potentially signaling an end to their long-running dispute.
Edwards said: ‘I defo won my respect’, whilst Tanga tagged the victor, tweeting: ‘You demonstrated to me that in UK there are at least one SUPER CHAMPION’.
Twitter users quickly reacted – both positively and negatively – after the impromptu bout
Since the fight was started with Twitter beef, it was only natural for users of the quickfire social sharing platform to also weigh-in on proceedings.
Some were pleased to see that the Edwards – Tanga match-up had ignited some ‘life’ back into boxing discussions on the social media platform, noting: ‘Boxing Twitter has peaked’.
Meanwhile another said: ‘Sunny Edwards needs to grow up, that lads got little man syndrome, little bully’, while a third said: ‘There’s only one Fab Tanga!’.
Sunny Edwards followed his brother Charlie in becoming a flyweight world champion last April
Edwards won the prestigious IBF belt by beating South Africa’s Moruti Mthalane in London
Edwards won the IBF flyweight belt in May 2021 when he earned a unanimous points victory over South Africa’s Moruti Mthalane.
The now 18-0 fighter became the second member of his family to win a flyweight world title after his brother Charlie, and still retains that IBF crown, most recently beating Muhammad Waseem in March.
There are previous examples of professionals fighting their online bullies. In 2015, heavyweight champ Deontay Wilder flew from Los Angeles to take on his troll Charlie Zelenoff, and left him floored.