British flyweight champion vows to retire if PM introduces Covid-19 vaccine passports
World flyweight champion, Sunny Edwards has challenged the views on the vaccine and said he was against people being forced to have the jab.
World flyweight champion, Sunny Edwards has vowed to retire from boxing if Prime Minister -- Boris Johnson makes Covid-19 passports mandatory.
Boris Johnson revealed on Monday night that revellers will need to be double jabbed to enter nightclubs and large events from the end of September.
A defiant Edwards was far from impressed with the announcement and declared he will rather hang up his gloves if it comes down to it.
The 5ft 3in brawler, who won the flyweight world title with ease in April when he beat 12-year-champion Moruti Mthalane, faced a barrage of backlash for his remarks.
The 25-year-old Londoner wrote on Twitter:
"Looks like I’m retiring from the game in September."
But Edwards, who boasts an impressive 16-0 record, is used to having a tear-up and wouldn't back down from this fight either.
He stood his ground when challenged for his views on the vaccine and said he was against people being forced to have the jab.
Edwards later appeared to change stance on the matter and said he was only joking.
"Make a joke about retiring from the nightclub scene. And make the news," He quipped, alongside laughing face emojis.
The South London slugger isn't the only celebrity up in arms about the COVID-19 passports.
Celeb couple Jacqueline Jossa and Dan Osborne also vented their frustration about the passports.
The pair shared a tweet that read:
"How about passports and mandatory QR codes for paedophiles and rapists?
"Oh, that's right. It goes against their human rights and it's an invasion of their privacy.
"Pedophiles are safer than the unvaccinated!"
'World’s a f***ing mess'
Football fans may also have to show proof they have had two doses of Covid jabs to attend games from September.
Despite the Euro 2020 final and semi-finals attended by 60,000 supporters at Wembley, stadiums could be limited to a capacity of 16,000.
That is if transmission rates remain dangerously high with around one in six areas in England reporting record levels of coronavirus infections.
The Premier League are reportedly in the early stages of working with the Government on a Covid certificate system.
The document would be connected to the NHS app already downloaded by millions for track and trace and to lodge test results.
The Government is said to prefer keeping passports inside the NHS framework with the Premier League also considering its own certification app.