Via Dan Ambrose: Edgar Berlanga will struggle this Saturday night with Steve Rolls this Saturday, March 19 in the main event in a 10-round scheduled bout at Madison Square Garden in New York. The battle between Berlanga and Rolls will be shown live on ESPN and ESPN Departs 10:00 p.m. ET / 7:00 p.m. PT.
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Rolls (21-1, 12 KOs) should give boxing fans a chance to see if Top Division-promoted Berlanga has progressed enough to take on some talented 168 lb contenders like David Benavidez , Caleb Plant, Gabe Rosado or not, Zach Parker, or John Ryder.
Berlanga (18-0, 16 KOs) is seeing action for the first time since undergoing biceps surgery following his grueling 10-round decisive win over Marcelo Esteban Coceres last October in Las Vegas.
It was NOT an impressive performance by the Brooklyn, New York-born Berlanga, who struggled in the second half of the competition when dropped by Coceres in the ninth round.
Berlanga looked great in the first half of the match, but then became upset in the championship rounds and received a hit from the Argentinian.
You could argue that if this were a 12-round bout, Coceres would win because he beat the exhausted and injured Berlanga in the ninth and tenth rounds.
Berlanga vs. Rolls undercards:
- John Bauza and Tony Luis
- Xander Zayas vs. Quincy LaVallais
- Henry Lebron vs Josec Ruiz
- Bruce Carrington vs Yeuri Andujar
- Jahi Tucker vs. Tracey McGruder
- Armani Almestica vs Luis Valentin Portalatin
- Kelvin Davis vs Phillip Carmouche
“He had 16 knockouts in the first round, and you have someone who has nothing to do with boxing talking about the world of boxing, talking about him, but they are talking about boxing,” Shawn Porter said above. Porter Way Podcast in analyzing knockout artist Edgar Berlanga’s fight this Saturday night.
“He [Berlanga] gave everyone something to talk about. That’s what we need in boxing, and he has star appeal,” continued Porter of 24-year-old Berlanga.
“Then he went long distances and struggled a bit in his final battle [against Marcelo Esteban Coceres]. He certainly struggled in his final battle. It didn’t really start.
“He took that guy and took him down,” Porter said of Berlanga’s game last year against Demond Nicholson in April 2021, a match in which he was forced to overcome an eight-round gap to win the game. win.
“He is [Berlanga] stepped up in the competition, and in his final bout he fought an experienced professional boxer and was dropped by him. He learned that he needed to use better defense and keep his hand to approach a man while punching, instead of just walking up on someone.
Porter said of Berlanga: “While we were exposed, we saw a lot of room for growth. “Boxing is hard to try and appease people, entertain people all the time to grow your career and be all that. You cannot make everyone happy.
“You had 16 kills, and people were like, ‘Oh my gosh, do you see that kid fighting again?’ Others said, ‘Let me know when he fights someone undefeated.’
“Yo, watch and enjoy the show, you know what I mean? Porter talks about Berlanga. “To put it simply, he did what he needed to do to get here. Now, he has to do what he needs to do to stay here, and of course, take to the next level.
“Those little things. You shouldn’t be beaten by a man [Coceres] One eye closed and the other open. You should not be affected by certain things. I’m curious to see what he looks like,” Porter said of Edgar Berlanga.