By Jon Uddin✏
Hard hitting Middleweight prospect 🇺🇸🇵🇷Edgar Berlanga (12-0-0, 12KO), will get to finish the year in the same place it began, when he faces 🇪🇦Cesar Nunez (16-1-1, 8KO) in an eight round Super-Middleweight bout at Madison Square Garden Saturday night.
The fight marks the second time that Berlanga will serve as the undercard to WBO Welterweight Champion Terence “Bud” Crawford who will be facing Egidijus Kavaliauskus in the main event. Berlanga is making his first appearance in the ring since his dominant performance over Gregory Trenel in August. After the fight, Berlanga linked up with Brooklyn based trainer Andre Rozier who took him to California to get some sparring in with Ukrainian Middleweight contender Sergiy Derevyanchenko as he prepared for his fight with Gennadiy Golovkin in October. The plan was for Berlanga to appear on that undercard, but those plans were cancelled due to a set back with a broken finger.
Saturday, the Brooklyn based Puerto Rican should be greeted by an excited New York home contingent that will be cheering him on in anticipation of another display of his heavy handed attack that has stopped all 12 of his previous opponents in the first round.
In the opposite corner will be 34 year old Cesar Nunez of Spain, who has fought three times this year, chalking up a record of 1-1-1. This past August, Nunez suffered the only loss of his career so far, an eighth round stoppage at the hands of German slugger Vincent Feigenbutz in a bout fought at super middleweight. It remains to be seen if Nunez can be the first fighter to push Berlanga past the first round, but coming off of a knockout loss in his last outing, it leaves doubt heading into this matchup.
Edgar Berlanga vs Cesar Nunez
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York
TV: Saturday, 5:30pm ET/ 2:30pm PT, ESPN+