Edgar Berlanga puts his unbeaten record on the line for the WBO NABO middleweight title against Steve Rolls on Saturday.
Berlanga has won his last two fights via unanimous decision after winning his first 16 fights by knockout, so rising in class hasn’t been easy.
Betting online markets are favoring Berlanga, but Rolls is 21-1 and his only loss came against Gennady Golovkin.
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Champ Shows Toughness
Edgar Berlanga hadn’t been tested in his first 17 fights, but he had a much harder time against Marcelo Coceres last year.
He won 96-93 on all three judges’ scorecards, but he hit the canvas in the ninth round, which caused a shock.
It showed that he can get knocked down, but he can also take a punch. He tore his biceps in the third round of the fight, which explains his lack of power late.
“Every fighter has to go through adversity in their career at least once or twice to show who they really are and to show if they’re capable of becoming a star in the sport or world champ,” Berlanga told DAZN News.That’s just boxing, so I know it comes with the territory. People felt like ‘Oh, this guy,’ that I was invincible. But I already knew I wasn’t. Like I said, it comes with the territory.
“It’s boxing and I’m happy that everything played out the way it did and I’m here now and main-eventing in New York.”
Going the full 10 rounds holds him in good stead against Rolls, who has a good record at going the distance.
However, make no mistake, Berlanga is the red-hot favorite at the sportsbook and it would be a big upset should he lose.
Rolls Looking to Pick Up Momentum
Rolls is 2-0 following his loss to Golovkin, so he’s heading in the right direction.
The 37-year-old Canadian was knocked out in the fourth round, but he has since scored two stoppages against inferior opponents.
Facing Berlanga is a much tougher task, but he has been in the ring with the very best, so he deserves credit.
Boxing odds aren’t giving him much chance of pulling off the upset, but boxing is a funny sport. It only takes one big punch to send shockwaves and we see Rolls looking to land big.
He knows he can’t go 10 rounds with Berlanga and win on points, so a knockout is needed.
We expect most of the boxing betting money to come for the favorite and Rolls will do well to avoid getting knocked out.