Edgar Berlanga Sr. Not Rushing to Put his Son in With David Benavidez!
Edgar “The Chosen One” Berlanga Jr. (20-0, 16 KOs) has a lot riding on his June 24 fight against Jason Quigley (20-2, 14 KOs). The once-highly touted prospect is in need of an impressive performance. If he pulls it off, perhaps that increase the confidence of Edgar Berlanga Sr. in his son’s ability to challenge two-time WBC super middleweight champion David Benavidez (27-0, 23 KOs).
Berlanga hasn’t recorded a knockout win in his last four fights. Granted, his quality of competition has gotten better. However, the knock on his recent performances isn’t the lack of knockouts. The questions surround the lack of overall skill, versatility, and ring intelligence being shown. Fans and pundits have aired doubts on whether he can be a serious contender in a loaded division. While there is talk of him facing undisputed 168-pound champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez down the line, another guy mentioned is David Benavidez.
Speaking to Fighthype.com, Edgar Berlanga Sr. was asked about his son potentially facing David Benavidez. He had the following to say:
“David, you know I respect David; his father is a good man. You know we can make that fight happen, but in the future. Not right now.”
The elder Berlanga knows that his son has a ways to go before he’s ready for a fighter of Benavidez’s level. If Berlanga Jr. can win impressively against Quigley, it will undoubtedly increase his confidence moving forward.