Bob Arum Believes Only One Fighter Has A Chance Against Canelo Alvarez
By: Hans Themistode
Bob Arum couldn’t help but gush over the immense talent of Canelo Alvarez.
The Mexican native and pound-for-pound star, made a ringside appearance on Arum’s Top Rank show this past weekend as stablemate and WBC super featherweight champion Oscar Valdez, defeated mandatory challenger Robson Conceicao.
An overzealous Alvarez vehemently cheered for his good friend while shouting instructions. With Valdez eking out the win, Alvarez will now turn his attention to his own upcoming showdown, a November 6th matchup against IBF super middleweight titleholder, Caleb Plant.
In a moment of pure candor, Arum simply shook his head as he scrambled to name someone who could defeat the Mexican star.
“I don’t think anybody beats Canelo,” said Arum during an interview with several reporters. “He’s just that good.”
Although Arum ultimately expects Alvarez to snag the IBF title of Plant to become the first undisputed super middleweight champion of all time, the 89-year-old promoter believes that he may have someone who will eventually dethrone him in the near future.
“Maybe in two years or a year and a half, [Edgar] Berlanga.”
The 24-year-old New York native has become somewhat of an internet sensation over the years. With 16 first-round finishes in his first 16 fights, Berlanga has earned the reputation of becoming a feared knockout artist.
In his most recent appearance, however, Berlanga saw his streak come to an end against Demond Nicholson. Despite registering numerous knockdowns throughout, Nicholson managed to peel himself up off the deck but would suffer a wide decision loss.
Recently, Berlanga came to terms on a two-fight deal with Top Rank. Up first for the hard-hitting super middleweight contender, is a showdown against Marcelo Esteban Coceres on October 9th, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Should he pick up the victory, Berlanga would then return two months later on December 11th, in the co-main event of a show headlined by Vasiliy Lomachenko.
If Berlanga continues to impress, as well as pick up victories, Arum is hopeful that his young star will eventually find himself standing across the ring from Alvarez with all of the super middleweight marbles on the line.
Edgar Berlanga: “Billy (Joe Saunders) P*ssy”
By: Hans Themistode
Super middleweight contender Edgar Berlanga was not too pleased with the performance of Billy Joe Saunders this past Saturday night. The British native took on unified super middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez in front of over 73,000 fans at the AT&T Stadium in Dallas, Texas.
Saunders, 31, attempted to box and move against Alvarez but his defensive acumen was no match for the offensive onslaught of the Mexican star. With the right eye of Saunders falling apart, the slick southpaw was forced to remain on his stool as the start of round nine began. Despite Saunders suffering a quadripod fracture and has since undergone surgery, Berlanga ripped into his actions.
“Billy p*ssy,” said Berlanga during an interview with ESNews. “He quit. At this caliber man, you supposed to show out. Give a f*ck if you go down, if you get knocked out, you get stopped you supposed to go out like a champ. To quit on the stool like that is no good.”
The exact moment in which Alvarez essentially shattered the face of Saunders, took place in the eighth round. The British product lunged in with a left hand and attempted to duck low once he missed. A fully aware Alvarez connected with a sharp right uppercut that left Saunders on weak legs. The bell to end the round came soon after and a wincing Saunders slumped into his corner. His team attempted desperately to reduce the swelling but we’re unable to. As round nine began, Saunders remained on his stool as his corner waved their hands and said their man was done for the night.
Prior to the stoppage, Saunders appeared to be boxing well. Two of the three judges sitting ringside had their contest 6-2 in favor of Alvarez while the third and final judge had it a bit closer at 5-3. Reporter and commentator for DAZN in, Chris Mannix, actually had Saunders winning by the score of 5-3.
In the mind of Berlanga, he vehemently disagrees with the scorecard of Mannix. He also disagrees with anyone who gave Saunders even a single round. In Berlanga’s opinion, Alvarez was dishing out a one-sided beating.
“He won every round in my eyes. Billy Joe wasn’t doing nothing, he was running.”
Edgar Berlanga’s Streak Ends, Still Beats Down Demond Nicholson
By: Hans Themistode
No matter what, Demond Nicholson was determined to not be Edgar Berlanga’s 17th straight first-round knockout win.
The highly touted super middleweight prospect began drawing comparison’s to a young Mike Tyson after he continued to bulldoze the competition. In the case of Nicholson, the fringe contender vowed to not only survive Berlanga’s early onslaught but also flat-out win.
Well, after sharing the ring with Berlanga earlier tonight, Nicholson (23-4-1, 20 KOs) got the first part of his prediction correct.
The boxing world watched closely as the opening bell rang. With the amount of attention Berlanga (17-0, 16 KOs) has received for ending all of his contests in the first round, there was reason to believe his streak would continue. For Nicholson however, he did everything in his power to stay upright during the opening frame.
While Berlanga landed several big shots, Nicholson never budged as he proved to be more durable than his record indicated. With Berlanga entering the second round for the first time in his young career, the deleterious knockout power he’s displayed carried into the frame as a hard shot sent Nicholson down to the canvas.
Although his legs were clearly not yet underneath him, Nicholson rose to his feet and continued to press on. As the frame came to an end, it was as if the rest of their contest was played on a perpetual loop. Berlanga would march forward at the beginning of every round as Nicholson attempted to play defense. Then, seemingly out of nowhere, Berlanga would land a shot that would send Nicholson to another dimension.
Still, despite the ongoing punishment, Nicholson continued to rise to his feet and push the young prospect like never before. While he proved to be game, Berlanga easily cruised to a unanimous decision victory.
Edgar Berlanga Calls Out Caleb Plant: “Let Me Know When You Ready To Get Kissed By These Fist”
By: Hans Themistode
Although Edgar Berlanga is still making a name for himself in the super middleweight division, The Athletic’s 2020 prospect of the year appears to be ready to take a humongous leap forward.
In what many expected to be a one-sided affair, IBF titlist Caleb Plant dominated former belt holder Caleb Truax at the Shrine Exposition Center, in Los Angeles California. At no point during their showdown did Plant find himself even remotely in any sort of trouble. Despite winning every single round, Berlanga was seemingly unimpressed with his efforts.
In fact, the hard puncher from New York City even offered to take on Plant whenever he would like.
“That fight was cute,” said Plant via Twitter. “Let me know when you ready to get kissed by these fist.”
For Berlanga, if he were somehow able to skip the line and jump right into a contest with Plant, it would be considered a major step up in competition for the 23-year-old.
At the moment, Berlanga (16-0, 16 KOs) has yet to face anyone in the top 15 of the 168-pound division, let alone someone the caliber of Plant. But while Berlanga is still attempting to build his resume, he has seemingly captured the attention of most of the boxing public. The reason for his growing fanbase is simple, the Puerto Rican native hits unbelievably hard.
Currently, Berlanga has yet to find an opponent who can make it out of the first round. Regardless of the quick outcomes of his contests, Berlanga has stated on numerous occasions that he is more than just a power puncher.
Although he may have called for a showdown with Plant (21-0, 12 KOs), the IBF champion has his eyes set on WBA, WBC and Ring magazine titlist, Canelo Alvarez. With Plant successfully defending his world title last night, and with Alvarez penciled in to take on mandatory challenger Avni Yildirim followed by WBO champion Billy Joe Saunders, the two are seemingly headed towards an undisputed matchup should everything fall into place.
As for what’s next for Berlanga, he has set his sights on a possible showdown with fringe contender Gabe Rosado.
David Benavidez Shares His Thoughts On Edgar Berlanga: “The People He Knocked Out Are All Bums, I Don’t Think Much Of That Guy”
By: Hans Themistode
Edgar Berlanga has gone from super middleweight prospect to must-watch television in seemingly the blink of an eye. With 16 first-round knockouts, Berlanga has garnered national television due to the savage beatings he’s dished out during his short career.
Names such as recently inducted hall of famer Andre Ward and former two-division titlist Tim Bradley have been left impressed with his performances. So has promoter Bob Arum who’s pegged him to be a possible future star.
But while Berlanga (16-0, 16 KOs) continues to receive pats on the back for a job well done, former super middleweight champion David Benavidez doesn’t understand the hype. The 24-year-old admits that the knockouts are highlight-worthy, but after taking a deep dive into Berlanga’s resume, Benavidez could only come to one conclusion.
“The people that he knocked out are all bums,” said Benavidez during a recent interview on AHAT, a YouTube channel. “They’re all garbage but he makes them look nice.”
Recently, former trainer of long-reigning middleweight titlist Gennadiy Golovkin in Abel Sanchez, spoke glowingly of the skills of Benavidez. Going as far as to say that even as an amateur, Benavidez gave Golovkin all he could handle in sparring. His experience in the unpaid ranks, coupled with his truncated title reigns, has left Benavidez scratching his head as he tries to understand the hype surrounding the new kid on the super middleweight block.
“I been fighting way better competition since I was 17 years old, 18 years old. He’s 23 years old now and he’s fighting nobodies. If that makes him and his team feel good than to each their own.”
Not only does Benavidez (23-0, 20 KOs) struggle to recognize any of the names on Berlanga’s resume but the Arizona native doesn’t see the benefit in what he’s accomplishing. The quick nights at the office may have netted Berlanga a few newfound celebrity friends as well as daily appearances on Sports Centers highlight reel, but Benavidez is under the impression that his growth is being stunted and the pressure is mounting.
“It’s cool but the thing about knocking people out in the first hard is now there’s pressure. He’s throwing everything in the first round. There’s a lot of stuff in this professional game that he has to learn. You have to learn how to go a couple rounds, throw a couple jabs, set some guys up. You don’t always have to go for the finish every first round but now that people are making a big deal out of it he’s putting a lot of pressure on himself to knock people out in the first round.”
For Berlanga, there’s a certain aura of invincibility that is accompanying him and his current streak. No matter how hard his opponents attempt to simply make it through the first three minutes, it’s become virtually impossible up until this point. To Benavidez though, it’s all a lie. Berlanga may seem unbeatable but the former titleholder has seen him lose time and time again.
“I have a couple videos of him getting knocked out in the amateurs. I just saw a video of Erickson Lubin beating him up so I don’t think much of that guy.”
Despite not believing in the hype, Berlanga would love to share with the up and comer from Brooklyn, New York. He doesn’t anticipate that it will happen now, but as long as Berlanga continues to win, Benavidez views their clash as inevitable.
“We’ll see where he get to. That’s definitely a fight that I wanna make happen in the future.”
Edgar Berlanga Eyes Showdown Against Gabriel Rosado: “We Probably Gonna Make Something Happen”
By: Hans Themistode
Chances are if you blinked during a contest involving Edgar Berlanga, then you missed the entire event. In short, it doesn’t take long for the 23-year-old super middleweight prospect to take care of business once he steps foot inside of the ring.
With 16 straight first-round knockout wins to start his career, Berlanga has gotten a noticeable amount of attention. However, he’s also gotten a considerable amount of push back as well.
Despite stopping several opponents that have never been down, let alone knocked out during the course of their respective careers, fans of Berlanga are twiddling their thumbs as they want the Puerto Rican native to increase his level of competition, something he has been quietly clamoring for as well.
Identifying an opponent that will push the New York native and allow him to bank the rounds needed for experience is easier said than done. Yet, after taking a deep dive into the names ranked above him, he’s come across one that he believes would be the perfect opponent to truly test him.
“Shout out to Gabe Rosado,” said Berlanga on his Instagram account. “We probably gonna make something happen.”
For Berlanga, he’s developed a certain dislike for most of his opponents. Often times the undefeated prospect will jump into the face of his man during the weigh-ins and exchange heated words. In the case of Rosado however, Berlanga has nothing but respect for him.
“No harsh feelings or none of that with him but at the end of the day it’s about the fans and making good fights happen.”
While it’s unclear if and when the two will actually step into the ring with one another, Berlanga wants to reassure his fans that he does in fact hear their nonstop pleas for him to take on better names. All that he asks for in return, is time.
“Everybody keeps saying oh he didn’t fight anybody but relax, next year we stepping up competition. Y’all are just so impatient.”
Edgar Berlanga- Puerto Rico’s New Face Of Boxing?
By: Henry Deleon
Puerto Rico, a small Caribbean island, has produced many Boxing Superstars. From the legendary Carlos Ortiz to the youngest world champion in boxing history – Wilfred Benitez. Amongst that distinguished list were also the likes of Wilfredo “Bazooka” Gomez, the heavy-handed Felix Trinidad, “Macho Man” Hector Camacho and future hall of famer Miguel Cotto. Puerto Rico, for the most part, has always had that one individual that the Puerto Ricans have always taken pride in.
Since Miguel Cotto departed the sport back in 2017, there hasn’t quite been someone that has been able to fill that “superstar” void. There have been many potential candidates including Danny Garcia, Felix Verdejo, Jose Pedraza, and Christopher “Pitufo” Diaz to now rising talent such as Xander Zayas, and Josue Vargas. But no-one’s name has made an impression more than Edgar Berlanga.
Though born in Brooklyn, New York, Berlanga is of Puerto Rican descent and whenever he is asked about his heritage, he takes full pride in it.
Edgar Berlanga is climbing the ladder in the super middleweight division, making a statement each and every time he competes. He currently holds a perfect record of 16-0. He has shown the world that he has tremendous power by stopping all 16 of his opponents within the 1st round. It’s scary to think that at just the age of 23, Berlanga holds a knockout ratio of 100%, rightfully earning himself the nickname “The Monster.”
We still have yet to witness what other abilities “The Monster” holds; but the world has been able to witness the shocking power Berlanga possesses. Despite the pandemic, Berlanga has had three performances this year and four performances back in 2019, demonstrating that he is willing to actively prove that he is Puerto Rican’s finest. Some boxing fans say they would love to see him showcase more of his skillset with a step up in opposition.
It will be exciting to see how he begins to mix up with the other big names in his division. With the likes of David Benavidez, Caleb Plant, Daniel Jacobs, David Lemuix, Billy Joe Saunders, Canelo Alvarez and many others, it’s fascinating to see what the future holds for the young prospect. One thing that’s for certain, he is proven to be quite the knockout artist.
Puerto Rico currently doesn’t have that Superstar level fighter but with a lot of potential Puerto Rican talent out there, Berlanga has definitely made a name for himself. What do you all think, can Edgar Berlanga fill that void? Can he become to Puerto Rico what Saul Canelo Alvarez is to Mexico? What Anthony Joshua is to the United Kingdom? Who would you all like to see him against in 2021?
Shakur Stevenson vs Toka Khan Clary Undercard Results: Edgar Berlanga Does It Again
It doesn’t make any sense to leave your seat when super middleweight prospect Edgar Berlanga (16-0, 16 KOs) is in the ring. His opponent on the night in Ulises Sierra (15-2-2, 9 KOs) was simply another victim.
With none of his opponents making it past the first round, Sierra tried valiantly to be the first. However, after getting dropped to the canvas on three separate occasions, their contest was abruptly ended.
Edgar Berlanga: Don’t Blink
By: Hans Themistode
Before any boxing match officially begins, a bell rings. It signifies the beginning of any showdown. Like most events, fans that have already gotten comfortable in their seats spend the next few seconds getting settled in. Whether that means using the bathroom one last time or answering one last text, varies from person to person. Missing the first few seconds of action is inconsequential for the most part.
Yet, in the case of super middleweight prospect Edgar Berlanga, those precious seconds is all that he typically needs once he enters the ring.
For the 23-year-old Bronx, New York product, life as a professional boxer has been harmful to the health of his opponents. Through 15 fights, not only is he undefeated with all 15 of those wins coming via stoppage, but he’s also managed to end his nights without seeing the second round.
When promoting his fights, his knockout power has been his selling point. But while he never seems surprised when body after body drops to the canvas, the moment the lights go out and he has time to reflect, all he can do is shake his head and look up towards the Heavens.
“Man It’s crazy,” said Berlanga to Fight Hype when asked if he can believe his 15 straight first-round knockouts. “Some days I’m in the gym or I’m just thinking and I’m like shit, first round? That’s hard, that’s not easy. If it was easy then everyone would be doing it. I’m just blessed from the man above, my lord and savior Jesus Christ. He blessed me with a punch and I’m just riding with it man.”
The road to success for a blue-chip prospect is usually charted out the same. Start him out slow, allow him to face a few no-hopers to build his confidence and allow him to grow. For Berlanga though, he hasn’t exactly faced the normal soft touches that are associated with a young prospect’s career.
After facing fighters making their pro debuts in three of his first four contests, Berlanga’s level of opposition has promptly increased. In just the seventh fight of his career, Berlanga faced journeymen Jaime Barboza. In no way has he ever been considered a championship caliber fighter but he has pushed several prospects such as former super middleweight champion Gilberto Ramirez throughout the course of a ten-round fight.
For Berlanga though, a shade over two minutes was all that he needed to put his lights out. It’s matchups against the likes of Barboza, along with his December 12th co-main event opponent in Ulises Sierra, a man who has never been dropped, let alone stopped in his pro career, that gives Berlanga the confidence to pontificate about his work in the ring.
“If you look at the guys that I fought they fought tough guys and went the distance with world champions and the people that we’re in the top ten. Numbers don’t lie. Dudes that they throw in there with me that have never been knocked out and I just blow them out of the box.”
The power that he’s put on display may place him as a consistent guest on ESPN’s top ten list, but it isn’t exactly what he’s concerned about. At some point in time, Berlanga will hit an opponent and not only will they refuse to fall but they will also fight back.
That however, isn’t something that he’s dreading. Nor is he wondering how he will react in that situation. For the 23-year-old, he believes that the power that he holds is just the tip of the iceberg.
“I can box man. I have beautiful boxing skills and beautiful IQ skills. The world is waiting to see and they’re going to see.”
If you were to ask Berlanga at this very moment if he believes he is ready for a world title, he will admittedly tell you he isn’t there just yet. But in terms of if he believes he should be considered prospect of the year, all he could do is smile as he gave his answer.
“Abso fucking lutely.”
Vasiliy Lomachenko vs Teofimo Lopez Undercard Results: Edgar Berlanga Wins In The 1st Round Again, This Time Against Lanell Bellows
Edgar Berlanga (15-0, 15 KOs) is a scary, scary young man. The super middleweight prospect scored the 15th straight first round knockout of his career. The unfortunate soul that matched up with this time around was journeymen Lanell Bellows (20-6-3, 13 KOs).
After the first hard shot landed, it was all over as Bellows was immediately cut and hurt. He was then battered around the ring until the referee stepped in to put a stop to the onslaught.
ESPN Boxing Results: Edgar Berlanga Makes it 14 Straight First Round Knockouts Against Eric Moon
If you blinked during the co main event of Edgar Berlanga (14-0, 14 KOs) vs Eric Moon (11-3, 6 KOs), then there’s a good chance you missed the entire contest.
Berlanga needed just a few seconds to get rid of his man. He pushed Moon back into the corner and poured on the power shots. It didn’t take long for Moon to fall, and when he did, it was painful.
Once he hit the canvas, the contest was called off shortly after.
Oscar Valdez Takes on Jayson Velez in Top Rank Main Event on July 21st
By: Hans Themistode
Former WBO featherweight world champion Oscar Valdez was well on his way to an all Mexican showdown against WBC super featherweight belt holder Miguel Berchelt.
Those plans however, went by the wayside the moment COVID-19 came knocking. The two are still on course to meet later on this year, but Valdez will first be given the opportunity to shake off the rust associated with a nine month layoff.
Super featherweight contender Jayson Velez will welcome Valdez to the ring for the first time in 2020. The two are scheduled to headline a Top Rank card at the MGM Grand Conference Center, in Las Vegas, Nevada on July 21st.
For Velez, the spotlight has seldom, if ever, shined on his career. When he was given big time opportunities, he fumbled them away with mediocre performances. In a 2018 matchup against Ryan Garcia, Velez was blown out of the water as he lost a one sided unanimous decision. He did manage to bounce right back winning his next three straight, all before the final bell rang. But he once again found himself on the wrong end of the judges decision in his most recent ring outing against Jaime Arboleda.
In order to stop the bleeding that comes along with back to back losses, he’ll have to bite down on his mouth piece and stand up to the punching power of Valdez. But Velez won’t be the only one on the card who will have to withstand some heavy shots coming from the other side of the ring.
Middleweight prospect Edgar Berlanga will be looking to use his opponents last name as an indication as to where he wants to send him once he connects with a right hand in the co main event as he takes on Eric Moon.
Berlanga has not only won every single one of his fights inside the distance, but he has yet to see the beginning of the second round. He’ll look to make it 14 first round finishes in a row on July 21st.
The knockout streak might be impressive, but for the undefeated prospect, he isn’t letting it get to his head.
“I’ve not really changed much about training because of the knockout streak,” said Berlanga via a Top Rank press release. “Training is all about improving as a boxer. I had a good amateur career, and that comes from being a good technical boxer. My focus in training has been to continue to improve my skills under my trainer, Andre Rozier, and Team Havoc.”
The action packed card begins at 8 PM ET on ESPN on July 27th.