Rising star Edgar Berlanga (19-0, 16 KOs) hopes to put on an explosive performance when he fights Alexis Angulo (27-2, 23 KOs) tomorrow night.
The New Yorker with Puerto Rican heritage looks to make it 20 fights unbeaten when he takes centre stage at the Hulu Theatre, Madison Square Garden during Puerto Rican Day Weekend.
After 16 starts 16 opponents had fallen with not one making it beyond the first round. However, the streak ended when Desmond Nicholson, Marcelo Esteban Coceres and Steve Rolls all went the distance with Berlanga in his last three fights.
“It’s part of the process,” said Berlanga at the final press conference.
“I’m young, 25 years old. What can I say? I have 16 first-round knockouts, so I didn’t really gain the experience I needed. Definitely, these last three fights, I got the experience I needed. That’s the most important thing to make yourself a real professional athlete. But not only that, at that top level, you need those rounds. You need that feeling of what it’s like to get in the eighth, 10th round, and we got that done.
“I’m just looking forward to performing, exploding like I always do and bringing back the old Edgar Berlanga.”