Despite holding all four world titles in the 168lb division and only losing one fight in the last ten years, there is a perception that Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez is on the decline and may only have a handful of fights left.
Although Alvarez is not particularly old at 32, he has had a remarkable 63 professional fights and likely wears the mileage of a fighter beyond his years.
And, in a recent interview with FightHub TV, super middleweight contender Edgar Berlanga did not hesitate when asked if he could be the man to retire the iconic Mexican.
“1000% [I can retire him]. I’m back!
For me to beat Canelo and become the first male undisputed world champion from Puerto Rico, that’s going to be something amazing.
One of the goals we had when I signed with Matchroom and Eddie Hearn was that fight [Canelo]. Get an impressive win and let the fight play out how we want.
My main focus right now is Quigley, but I know the Canelo fight is on the verge of coming true and is there already. But if don’t make a statement then nothing will happen.”
Berlanga attracted huge hype in the opening stanza of his career, stopping his first sixteen opponents all in the first round.
The buzz has curtailed slightly in recent years, with ‘The Chosen One’ going the distance three times in a row in performances that failed to catch the eye.
However, as referenced above, he has signed with Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing and will hope to kickstart some momentum back into his career on his promotional debut later this month, when he takes on Irish amateur standout Jason Quigley at the Madison Square Garden theatre.