Edgar Berlanga Says Top Rated Wants To Take Him Down
Via Brian Webber: Edgar Berlanga said one factor in his split from Top Rated was the ad agency’s desire to downgrade him to co-main event status, removing him from his previous status of leader.
Now as a free agent, Berlanga (20-0, 16 KOs) is demanded by all the top promoters, two of which are Eddie Hearn’s PBC and Matchroom Boxing.
Berlanga, 25, did not specify in which direction he would sign, but he smiled when asked if he could sign Hearn.
The British promoter has promised Berlanga a match against Canelo Alvarez next year, provided he wins two or three matches against a world-class opponent to prove he belongs in the ring with the superstar man. Mexico.
As for the Top Rated, it’s understandable why they’d want to move Berlanga to co-main as he hasn’t looked that good in the last four battles after they switched him from fighting with The second-tier opposition put him in a match against his competitors.
Perhaps what could have been the final straw was that Berlanga managed to bite his eventual rival Roamer Alexis Angulo, as he had problems with the pressure he was receiving from the former world title challenger. .
Top Rank wants to demote Berlanga
“They wanted me to go back to the co-main event, and obviously that was a different thing. We don’t want to do that,” Berlanga told iFL TV About Top Rated wants to remove Edgar Berlanga from the top spot.
“I feel like I’ve completed my numbers. I fought against the top. I agreed to get my job done and I sold out at the Hula . Theater [Madison Square Garden] turn back. Who does that? Berlanga said.
It’s unclear if Berlanga was intentionally dishonest when he said he was “fighting the top opposition” because that’s clearly not the case. The four most recent opponents Berlanga faced were all sideline contenders, not top contenders.
Berlanga’s four closest rivals:
- The Wanderer Alexis Angulo
- Steve Rolls – 38 years old
- Marcelo Esteban Coceres
- The Devil Nicolson
“Obviously, when we [Top Rank] isolation and parting, I know my worth. See the promoters want me and fight for me now,” Berlanga said. “Like I said, it’s a blessing. I am lucky. I humbly say this. I feel great to be in this position.”
Berlanga’s comments about knowing his worth are similar to what Teofimo Lopez said when he pushed the fight against George Kambosos Jr into a pay-for-money situation.
That turned out to be a complete disaster for Teofimo, as he sat out of the ascendant category for almost a year after Top Rated losing his bid for another promotional skin.
Hopefully Berlanga’s career doesn’t go downhill as his next promoters pit him against the A-Level opposition he doesn’t seem ready to fight.
Not only will Berlanga not face Canelo if he is defeated by the top contenders he feels he is ready to fight, but his career will evaporate overnight.
“Al Haymon is definitely in the picture. I was just on the phone with him the other day. He wanted to shoot down here as soon as possible to come see me in person. It’s starting to get really spicy. I’m just enjoying it,” Berlanga said.
The bidding war for Edgar
“I know promoters don’t care about that,” says Berlanga. “They know what happens when they want to sign a potential client or an attractive candidate like me. It comes with territory, Everyone wants to contract me.
“It’s a bidding war right now. It’s a question mark. I’ll forward that,” Berlanga said when asked if Eddie Hearn was a top candidate to sign him. “Right now, Eddie is a great guy; he is a legend. That’s what I’ll say right there. He is a legend.
“Maybe you can see us with him, or you can see with Al [Haymon], depending on whether we still talk to him or not. Of course, when I met Eddie yesterday, he pushed for that,” Berlanga said of Hearn’s suspension against Canelo Alvarez because of him.
“He was saying, ‘Edgar, I see you doing your job and winning a game or two massively and then going straight to Canelo.’ He said that Canelo wanted it and thought it would be a good idea. Everyone thought that would be a good idea. I am Puerto Rican. I have the whole island behind me.
“He is Mexican. So imagine filling up an arena in Vegas, and you have half a Mexican flag and half a Puerto Rican flag, and the stadium is broken.
Berlanga has the look
“Of course, a lot of promoters need that. They like warriors with good looks, fights well, has good looks, is young, has a whole country behind and sells well,” says Berlanga. “When you have a whole package like that, you can be where I am now.
“Of course, given the opportunity and with the promoters wanting me and other things, whoever we decide to go with Eddie [Hearn]it’s going to be huge,” Berlanga said when asked if he would like to fight as the main support in the Amanda Serrano card against Katie Taylor II on May 20 in Dublin, Ireland.
“I don’t mind being in the lead role. that’s my sister[ter], man,” said Berlanga, referring to his good friend Serrano. We watched each other prepare for warriors like us today.
“Right now, you see, with Top Rated, like I tell people, they want certain things that we don’t want, and we want to move in a certain way that they don’t want. move.
“There were a lot of meetings, and we kept going back and forth. We’ll say: ‘Okay, we want this’ and they’ll say: ‘We’ll get back to you.’ We got a phone call later in the night, ‘No, we don’t want that. We want to do this.’ So it had a lot of misunderstandings.
“It’s not great communication. There’s been a lot going on in those meetings over the last four months where my team and I made a decision and said we should break up with them.
“Obviously it doesn’t work anymore. We no longer meet as a fighter and a promoter. Might as well let me continue with my career and move forward,” Berlanga said.
Hear eager to sign with Berlanga
“Edgar Berlanga is the fighter everyone wants. We, PBC, obviously he was with ESPN, Golden Boy,” said Matchroom Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn. media last Saturday night. “I think we have a great plan for him.
“We can title him; we can continue his promotion, continue his popularity and we can finally assign him a match against Canelo Alvarez,” Hearn continued.
“He needs to prove to world-class opponents that he has what it takes to take on Canelo Alvarez, but that’s Mexico versus Puerto Rico. It was a big fight, but he still had to have those battles. We are happy to assign him those matches before considering Canelo Alvarez in May 2024.
“He made giant gates here before [Madison Square Garden in New York]; he is a big star. Edgar Berlanga is a top attraction,” says Hearn.