This past Saturday, in the intimate surroundings of Madison Square Gardens Hulu Theatre in New York, Edgar ‘The Chosen One’ Berlanga maintained his unblemished record as he dropped the game and capable Irishman Jason Quigley four times on the way to winning a wide decision.
Following an incredible sixteen consecutive first round finishes to begin his career, Berlanga has proved he is more than just heavy handed recently, with his last five fights going the full distance.
In his first fight under Eddie Hearns Matchroom Boxing promotional stable, Berlanga put Quigley down once in the third, the fifth and then twice in the final round to prevail against the durable Donegal native thanks to scorecards of 116-108 X2 and 118-106.
Now, we will look ahead to five potential opponents that may lie in wait for the charismatic, undefeated operator as he aims to continue his charge towards a world title.
A very exciting all-Latin affair to kick things off, as a clash between Berlanga and former world champion Jaime Munguia would certainly have boxing fans lining up to witness.
The Mexican Munguia burst onto the scene in a similar way to Berlanga, in terms of portraying huge punching power and physical advantages to dismantle helpless opponents. He claimed the WBO junior middleweight world championship back in 2018, as he stopped former Miguel Cotto conqueror Sadam Ali in New York.
The 26 year old Munguia has compiled a perfect record to date, and last time out, registered the biggest victory of his promising career to date, prevailing in a highly entertaining back and forth against former amateur standout and world title challenger Sergiy Derevyanchenko.
Berlanga’s promoter Eddie Hearn spoke of his eagerness to see both men square off in the post-fight interview following the Quigley victory, stating “I think Jaime Munguia Edgar Berlaga is a great fight.”
Now on to a man who Eddie Hearn also expressed his urge to see his new acquisition Berlanga square off against, middleweight icon Gennadiy Golovkin.
“I love him as a person. I would love to see Edgar in with him.” said Eddie Hearn in reference to Gennadiy Golovkin.
“I really like Jaime Munguia as a person, but I don’t see him as an elite guy like Gennadiy Golovkin.
For the resume and obviously the fanbase, Gennadiy Golovkin has boxed in The Garden many times, but it all depends if he wants to fight again.”
Although it is fair to suggest the big punching Kazakh has most certainly seen his better days, a sizeable offer from Matchroom Boxing may lure GGG back into the big time to see if he can derail the young upstart Berlanga and prove he is still a force to be reckoned with, even at super middleweight.
Last time out in September of 2022, Golovkin lost his first ever outing at super middleweight, as a passive performance in the first half cost him a fight against old rival Canelo Alvarez in the pairs trilogy bout, however he did show glimpses of quality that seem to be still there, and in the post fight interview following his defeat to the Mexican, he seemed to suggest he is not quite finished in boxing just yet, and looks to add even more chapters to his already illustrious career.
Similar to Jason Quigley in the Big Apple on Saturday night, John Ryders stock recently rose even in defeat, as he bravely made it to the final bell against pound for pound star Canelo Alvarez for all the super middleweight honours in Guadalajara, Mexico.
Fans were delighted to see the veteran Brit finally secure the biggest night of his career following previous heartbreaks, and he defied expectations by even hearing the final tolling of the bell behind enemy lines in Mexico.
Following the worldwide praise heaped upon him following that showing, Ryder has himself suggested he would be willing to travel to Kazakhstan to face the man we previously spoke about, Gennadiy Golovkin, however a fight with fellow Matchroom fighter Edgar Berlanga may be the perfect crossroads fight for both men at this stage of their careers.
Ryder has proved he certainly still has the skill, and the experience, to cause the younger man Berlanga problems if he is not on his game, and Berlanga could really send out a statement to his fellow competitors at super middleweight if he can dominate and ultimately stop the tough Londoner.
Demetrius ‘Boo Boo’ Andrade may very well be the most curious case in the world of boxing currently.
A professional since 2008, Andrade is an undefeated, slick southpaw who has yet to secure the one standout opponent both he, and many people believe his ability warrants, in order to truly cement his legacy as a true great of his era.
Andrade is a two-division world champion, however at 35 years old, time is definitely running out to share a ring with a top operator, and a fight with Edgar Berlanga at 168lbs may be the perfect opportunity to finally show the upper echelons of the division he is a man that must be taken seriously.
The buildup to the fight would also be highly entertaining, with both men capable of giving as good as they get on the mic, as well as in the ring.
The truth is, a number of different names could have filled this final slot, such as David Benavidez and the one they all want, Canelo Alvarez, however let’s go with perhaps the most realistic option for Berlanga, and possibly his most favourable chance at a world title, David Morrell.
The Cuban Morrell has only been a professional since 2019, however he has looked highly impressive, and has held a version of a world title since his fifth fight, after being elevated from interim to WBA Regular super middleweight world champion.
It would be a huge statement of intent for Eddie Hearn to match his promising star up with someone like Morrell already, however it would be seen as a huge breath of fresh air, and Berlanga has already stated a desire to fight Morrell during his fight week media obligations prior to the Quigley bout.
“Him too. I’m down for it.” said Berlanga when asked about a potential fight against Morrell.