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good Rank hopes for stiffer test for Edgar Berlanga on December 12

good Rank hopes for stiffer examine for Edgar Berlanga on December 12

Edgar Berlanga wins his fifteenth-straight by means of first-circular KO (photograph with the aid of Mikey Williams/top Rank).
by Francisco Salazar

tremendous middleweight contender Edgar Berlanga will face once-overwhelmed Ulises Sierra on December 12, appropriate Rank announced on Wednesday afternoon.

the 10-circular bout will take vicinity on the MGM Grand convention core in Las Vegas and open an ESPN telecast (10 p.m. ET/ 7 p.m. PT) that can be headlined by the junior lightweight bout between WBO necessary challenger Shakur Stevenson and Toka Kahn Clary.

Berlanga (15-0, 15 knockouts), who resides in long island city, has notched all his victories by using knockout in the opening round. In his most recent bout on October 17, which additionally took location in Las Vegas, Berlanga battered Lanell Bellows earlier than the fight changed into stopped at 1:19.

The 23-yr-historical has answered each examine so far early on in his profession, forcing precise Rank matchmaker Brad Goodman to analysis opponents that might challenge Berlanga and have punch resistance. Promoter Bob Arum hopes Sierra cannot handiest problem Berlanga however can remaining rounds.

“Edgar Berlanga has a different blend of vigour and charisma and i agree with he is the next Puerto Rican celeb,” referred to Arum. “Ulises Sierra is the toughest examine of Edgar’s profession. Who is aware of if so that you can make a difference? We’ve tried to get the kid some rounds before however as soon as Edgar hurts his opponents, it’s video game over.”

In his previous combat on July 21, Berlanga knocked out Eric Moon at 1:02 of the opening round. Cesar Nunez has lasted the longest within the ring with Berlanga so far, losing through stoppage at 2:forty five of the opening circular on December 14.

Sierra (15-1-2, 9 KOs), who resides in San Diego, California, suffered the primary lack of his career in his most fresh bout on January 17, dropping via unanimous decision to unbeaten Vladimir Shishkin. The 31-year-ancient Sierra, who is the son of former most important League Baseball pitcher Ulises “sweet” Sierra, did notch a knockout win over Jose Hernandez, in July 2016, in 28 seconds of the opening circular.

additionally on the correct Rank card could be a ten-circular lightweight bout between light-weight contender Felix Verdejo and Masayoshi Nakatani of Japan.

The December 12 card will mark correct Rank’s final trip of 2021.

Francisco A. Salazar has written for The Ring due to the fact that October of 2013 and has lined boxing in Southern California and overseas considering the fact that 2000. Francisco additionally covers boxing for the Ventura County (California) celebrity newspaper. He may also be reached by using e mail at [email protected] or on Twitter @FSalazarBoxing.

Edgar Berlanga continues his knockout streak to attain 15