Via Craig Page: Super-middleweight contender who has yet to beat Edgar Berlanga said he is targeting John Ryder for his next fight and Jaime Munguia for a clash in 2023.
Munguia is going to be a risky fight against Berlanga (20-0, 16 KOs) at this point as he has better skills and he’s more resistant. If Berlanga fought Munguia next year, he might live to regret it.
The 25-year-old Berlanga is trying to accumulate experience to build a name for himself so he can name undisputed 168 lb champion Canelo Alvarez or face David Benavidez.
After starting his career with 16 knockouts in the first round, Berlanga has taken the gap in his last four matches.
“I want to make the best battles happen. Right now, I’m 10th in the world at 168th. Right now, I have a chance to fight whoever I want,” Edgar Berlanga told Fighthype.
“I feel like my name is big enough to call whoever I want, and we can make the fight go on. We have a guy John Ryder; we’ve got him in the spotlight now for my next fight. So we’re trying to promote that.
“Games like that, I want to happen. It’s good for sports. It’s good for the sport of boxing. You’ve got Jaime Munguia; We can do it by the end of next year. That’s the Mexico-Puerto Rico rivalry right there. That’s another money fight right there.
“He knows that me and him, it’s a big, big fight going forward,” Berlanga said of him and David Benavidez. “Obviously, he’s got two world titles, and he’s got a lot of experience. He even said out there, ‘I think Edgar Berlanga is a great boxer. He just needs to gain more experience, and we can make the fight go. ‘
“I just saw his father [Jose Benavidez Sr] at the Canelo fight in Vegas, and it was nothing but love. He said, ‘You and my son in the future if the fight can happen, it will be a big fight.
“I’m not at the level where I can call Canelo and make the fight go on. Eventually, he would empty his belts, and once he did, I could jump on them,” Berlanga said.