Edgar Berlanga Could Be Heading To Matchroom/DAZN, With A Canelo Fight Looming
Puerto Rico’s Edgar Berlanga (20-0, 16 KOs) parted ways with long-time promoter Bob Arum’s Top Rank in early 2023 after a separation agreement following months of unsuccessful talks on how to proceed with Berlanga’s career.
Arum told ID Boxing on Saturday that the reason for the split was that TR and Berlanga could not agree on the pace at which to move him. “We had a different philosophy and we didn’t want to hold him back. He is bound and determined to proceed at a pace that we don’t think he’s ready for.”
The Brooklyn-born super middleweight contender will be a highly sought-after promotional free agent due to his sizeable drawing power, which includes delivering two $500,000 + gates at the Hulu Theatre, Madison Square Garden in his hometown of New York.
Berlanga’s manager Keith Connolly does business with both Al Haymon’s PBC and Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing. On Monday, Hearn revealed to the DAZN Boxing show his interest in working with Berlanga moving forward.
This is following several cryptic Instagram story posts from Hearn and Berlanga indicating that they may work together in the future. Berlanga has also posted about Golden Boy’s interest in signing him and making a Jamie Munguia fight.
Hearn needs popular headliners for his US stable and it’s clear that he believes one of those additions could come in the form of Edgar Berlanga who he described as a ‘big name’ and having ‘big support.’
The British promoter also believes that the Puerto Rican has been the subject of unjust criticism after a few underwhelming performances “In boxing, people are very quick (to criticise/judge), he had (16) first-round knockouts and then went the distance a couple of times and then apparently he’s overrated – that’s what happens in boxing”
Not only is Hearn interested in signing Berlanga, but he looks towards matching Berlanga with the biggest star in world boxing, Canelo Alvarez, who is a free agent but primarily works with Matchroom.
“If Edgar Berlanga can headline a couple of shows against high-level, world-ranked opposition, and prove that he is a contender for Canelo Alvarez, you have a fantastic Mexican-Puerto Rican fight there which could be big but he has to establish himself as a world champion contender against that opposition. And I believe he can do it”
Hearn closed off the interview by confirming his desire to make an approach and boasted about his relationship with Berlanga’s manager “I’m sure we will speak to Keith Connolly, our friend, and the team to see if we’re in the mix for Edgar Berlanga.”