Can Edgar Berlanga dethrone Canelo Alvarez? Exploring super middleweight contender’s brutal warning to Canelo

Edgar Berlanga firmly believes that he will definitely push Canelo Alvarez into retirement when they eventually meet in the ring. However, before that showdown takes place, Berlanga is set to have a warm-up fight against Jason Quigley on June 24th at Madison Square Garden in New York.

As a highly ranked 26-year-old contender with a record of 20-0, including 16 knockouts, Edgar is almost certain to secure a bout against the undisputed super middleweight champion, Canelo.

Of course, this is contingent upon Berlanga’s victory in his scheduled twelve-round match against 32-year-old Irish boxer Quigley, who holds a record of 20-2, with 14 knockouts. Assuming Edgar triumphs over Quigley impressively, there is a strong possibility that he will face Canelo as early as September.

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Edgar Berlanga’s brutal warning to Canelo Alvarez

The undefeated contender in the super-middleweight division, Edgar “The Chosen One” Berlanga (20-0, 16 KOs), has expressed his goal on multiple occasions.

Given the political complexities surrounding a potential Canelo-Bivol rematch, could Edgar be on the verge of accomplishing his objective by securing a fight against the undisputed super-middleweight champion?

Berlanga’s journey in boxing began at the age of seven, amassing an amateur record of 162 wins and 17 losses.

In April 2016, he made his professional debut and immediately made an impact with a first-round knockout victory over Jorge Pedroza. The early stages of Edgar’s pro career were electrifying, as he secured 16 consecutive first-round knockout wins.


Currently, at 26 years old, Edgar is set to make his debut under a new promotional company on June 24th. His opponent will be 32-year-old Jason Quigley (20-2, 14 KOs) at the Hulu Theater in Madison Square Garden.

In May 2022, WBA light heavyweight champion Dmitry Bivol convincingly defeated Alvarez, claiming a unanimous decision victory. Canelo has shown interest in a rematch, aiming to win Bivol’s WBA title. But there is a disagreement between the two camps regarding the weight class for the rematch.

Dmitry and his team insist that the rematch takes place at 168 pounds, which is the weight class for Canelo’s undisputed title.

The dispute between the camps poses a threat to the potential September rematch. Elevating Edgar’s June 24th bout from a comeback fight to a showcase opportunity.

Is Edgar Berlanga a champion?

If Berlanga can deliver an impressive and dominant performance against Quigley. It could solidify his position as a worthy contender for a fight against Canelo. David Benavidez, the former two-time WBC super-middleweight champion, has been Canelo’s mandatory challenger for the past year.

However, Alvarez seems determined to avoid facing Benavidez. At 26 years old, David (27-0, 23 KOs) possesses exceptional boxing skills. Particularly his high-volume punching, making him a genuine threat to dethrone Canelo Alvarez.

“A thousand percent. I feel like I’m back,” said Edgar to Fight Hub TV when asked if he thinks he can retire Canelo. “People are going to see on the 24th. I’m back; I’m back to myself.” 

Although Benavidez currently holds the WBC Interim super-middleweight title. Edgar might have an advantage due to his association with Matchroom Boxing, a promotional company known for its strong business relationship with Alvarez.

While both fighters are of the same age, skill-wise, David appears to be a notch above Berlanga at the moment. However, Berlanga’s promotional ties and being perceived as the safer choice might give him the edge in the race to secure a fight with Canelo.

What are your thoughts regarding this? Let us know in the comment section below.

Sami Haider

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Sami Haider is a UFC/boxing journalist who connects combat sports to pop culture. His deep passion for the UFC started in 2018, triggered by the UFC 229: Khabib vs. McGregor fight. He is a passionate writer who has a profound love for the sport and the skills that are used in it. Through his work, Sami aspires to connect combat sportsmen and their enthusiastic fans.


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