Edgar Berlanga is lucky that he’s nonetheless undefeated.
The slugger from Brooklyn gave a flat efficiency in opposition to Steve Rolls however emerged with a questionable unanimous-decision victory in a 10-round tremendous middleweight bout Saturday night time at Madison Sq. Backyard Theater in New York Metropolis.
Berlanga (19-0, 16 KOs) stalked his veteran opponent from starting to finish however had hassle slicing off the ring, didn’t throw loads of punches and landed no memorable photographs all the combat.
Rolls (21-2, 12 KOs) didn’t do a hell of quite a bit, both, however he made nearly each spherical aggressive along with his stick-and-move techniques, which annoyed Berlanga. That included numerous eye-catching straight rights that Berlanga couldn’t see coming.
The 37-year-old Canadian most likely was at his greatest within the center rounds, when he picked up his tempo and clearly outworked his plodding foe.
Berlanga fought with some urgency down the stretch. Nonetheless, even then he couldn’t take full cost of the combat.
The judges clearly thought Berlanga did sufficient to have his hand raised. The ultimate scores have been 97-93, 97-93 and 96-94, all his favor. Boxing Junkie scored it 96-94 (six rounds to 4) for Rolls, who gave arguably the very best efficiency of his profession.
Berlanga mentioned Rolls didn’t need to combat.
“You may inform that he was preventing scared,” he mentioned. “Each time I reached in or threw one thing, he’s pulling again, working the entire combat. I used to be in search of an enormous shot. My nook was telling me use a jab.
“My elbow was bothering me a bit bit. However I’m simply completely satisfied we bought the victory and [are] shifting ahead.
Berlanga, 24, has now gone the space in his final three fights after successful every of his first 16 by first-round knockout, which made him a sensation.
And this was his second consecutive shaky efficiency. He survived a ninth-round knockdown to outpoint Marcelo Esteban Coceres final October, though he reportedly tore a biceps muscle early within the combat.
Is he inferior to he gave the impression to be throughout his knockout streak? Is he an influence puncher and little extra? Or is successful all that issues for a younger fighter who continues to be creating?
Followers undoubtedly are asking these sort of questions after a less-than-inspiring efficiency within the Massive Apple.