Is Edgar Berlanga Ready for Someone Like Canelo Alvarez?

Published 04/25/2021, 8:00 AM EDT


‘The Chosen One’ Edgar Berlanga is still undefeated in the super middleweight division. 17-0 as a professional, he has won his latest fight via unanimous decision against Demond Nicholson. That said, it was the first time where Berlanga entered the second round of a bout.

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Despite being a new name in the top-tier, Berlanga’s impeccable run of 16 consecutive first-round KOs has earned him a lot of fame. Hence, the 23-year-old is comfortably relishing all the glory, fame, and success while being compared with the other super middleweight elites.

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While Berlanga still has a long path to cover, several fans have already compared him to the P4P king, Canelo Alvarez. However, is he really ready for a challenge like that?

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Edgar Berlanga vs Canelo Alvarez- Is this a fair matchup?

The 168 lbs division is full of elite-level fighters and undefeated champions. While Canelo Alvarez is a legitimate threat in it, other challenges in Billy Joe Saunders, David Benavidez, and Caleb Plant are also intriguing. Although Berlanga’s fighting resume may cite him ready for a championship fight, he may need a lot more experience before locking horns against Canelo Alvarez.

Aged 30, Alvarez is already a legend of the sport. In an active career of 15 years, he holds a record of 55 wins, 1 loss, and 2 draws. Adding to that, Alvarez has gone through several world champion boxers to attain the top spot in four divisions. He has all the weapons in his arsenal, including the boxing abilities and the fighting experience. Hence, a fight against Berlanga will not be a fair bout at this time.

 

Alvarez vs Berlanga is a matchup that can allure the whole combat world, but it’s not the right time to stage it. While Alvarez moves forward to unify the belts at 168 lbs, Edgar Berlanga can gain some valuable in-ring time. It would be even better if Berlanga bags a championship fight before going against Canelo Alvarez.

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The young American doesn’t seem to be ready for a challenge of this massive caliber. However, with sheer activity and dominance, he can rightfully change this perception in the next couple of years.

Do you think Edgar Berlanga will have any chance against Canelo Alvarez if they fought now?

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Raj Sarkar

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A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. He combined his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports and has a combined 2000 plus bylines in MMA and boxing over the last two years.

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