David Benavidez: ‘I Feel Like I Would Beat Edgar Berlanga’
David Benavidez believes he’d hand Edgar Berlanga the first loss of his pro boxing career.
Benavidez is a former WBC Super-Middleweight Champion. He lost the title after failing to make weight for his August 2020 clash with Roamer Alexis Angulo. Benavidez begins his road back to a major title match when he meets Ronald Ellis on March 13.
Many are wondering what the ceiling is for Benavidez but those same questions are being asked about another rising undefeated 168-pounder. That man is Berlanga. Benavidez has said that he wants to share the ring with the Puerto Rican prospect but claims Berlanga’s team wouldn’t let it happen this soon.
During a conversation with Max Kellerman on ESPN’s “Max on Boxing,” Benavidez said he thinks he’d defeat Berlanga if the two ever share the ring (h/t Bad Left Hook).
“I think Edgar Berlanga is an amazing fighter. I think he’s a very strong fighter. But I don’t think he’s proven yet. If he wants to get that fight going, though, we’re the same age; I feel like I’m all for that fight, too. I think it would be a big fight for Mexico and Puerto Rico.
“I feel like I would beat Edgar Berlanga. Whenever he’s ready to come take that fight, I’m right here, I’m ready to take that fight whenever. Tell me when he wants to make that fight, and we’ll make it happen.”
Berlanga has amassed a perfect pro boxing record of 16-0. All of those victories have come via first-round knockout or TKO. Berlanga is eyeing a step up in competition and has called out fellow Puerto Rican Gabe Rosado.