Berlanga Stops McCrory In Round Six, Paving The Way For A Potential Clash with Canelo

Edgar Berlanga stopped Padraig McCrory in round six to give the Irishman his first defeat and increase his chances of facing Canelo Alvarez

Berlanga was the dominant fighter, but he struggled to put away the Irishman in the earlier rounds. This was summed up when he landed a deliberate elbow on his opponent in the third round. McCrory was visibly shaken as he was shortly hurt by Berlanga’s right hand.

The American followed up the pressure, landing a powerful left hook during an exchange, in the fourth. As he backed McCrory on the ropes, Berlanga opened up.

McCrory resorted to a defensive position in the fifth, but it did not help his cause. Berlanga pushed his opponent backwards and made him pay. McCrory missed with an uppercut, as Berlanga replied with a right cross which connected on his opponent’s jaw.

McCrory hit the canvas, and while he got up at the count of seven, his corner threw in the towel. The stoppage was Berlanga’s first since 2020 as he put himself in the conversation to face Canelo.

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“I want him now. We want Canelo next. Look at Eddie (Hearn) right there. He’s going to make it happen. I knew already I was breaking him down little by little. I didn’t want to go crazy until I knew I had him hurt and that’s exactly what I did,” Berlanga

“It’s only a matter of time. Maybe there is one more [fight for Berlanga in the interim], but if the call came, he wouldn’t back down. I believe you’ll see Canelo against Berlanga this year, in May or September,” Eddie Hearn

Full Card

Edgar Berlanga def. Padraig McCrory via KO 6; Super Middleweight

Andy Cruz def. Brayan Zamarippa via a UD (100-90, 100-90, 100-90); Lightweight

Shakhram Giyasov def. Pablo Cesar Cano via a TD (109-99, 109-99, 109-99); Welterweight

Antonio Vargas def. Jonathan Rodriguez via a TKO 7: Bantamweight

Yankiel Rivera def. Andy Dominguez via a UD (99-91, 99-91, 99-91); Flyweight

Joseph Fernandez def. Aaron Aponte via a UD 8 (78-74, 78-74, 77-75); Super Lightweight

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