Edgar Berlanga vs. Steve Rolls: Fight prediction, undercard, odds, start time, preview, how to watch


For 16 consecutive fights to open his profession, no person might final a full spherical with Edgar Berlanga. His surprising ending energy and record-setting run of first-round knockouts established Berlanga as a prime prospect within the sport. The hype has slowed considerably after two choice victories, one among which noticed Berlanga hit the canvas, however he returns to the ring on Saturday night time (10 p.m. ET, ESPN) seeking to stay unbeaten and present his energy as soon as once more when he faces Steve Rolls in an excellent middleweight conflict at New York’s famed Madison Sq. Backyard.

The battle with Rolls is Berlanga’s first time entering into the principle occasion and first battle again after surgical procedure to restore a torn bicep. That damage got here in his most up-to-date battle, an October 2021 conflict with Marcelo Coceres that noticed Berlanga wrestle badly earlier than Coceres scored a ninth-round knockdown.

Berlanga (18-0, 16 KO) picked himself up off the canvas and completed off the battle profitable a call by scores of 96-93 throughout the board. That was the second consecutive battle the place Berlanga was pressured to go the space after his run of first-round knockouts, with Demond Nicholson having additionally made it the space, although Berlanga scored 4 knockdowns in opposition to the sturdy Nicholson.

Now, together with his surgically repaired bicep, Berlanga will step into the ring with Rolls (21-1, 12 KO), a stable veteran whose lone loss got here in opposition to Gennady Golovkin by fourth-round stoppage. Apart from that bout with among the finest fighters of the period, Rolls has been stable all through his profession, although he was solely capable of edge out a break up choice win over Nicholson.

Because the Golovkin loss, Rolls has picked up two TKO victories, most just lately stopping Christopher Brooker on the undercard of Artur Beterbiev vs. Marcus Browne in December.

At 37 years outdated, if Rolls is hoping for one more shot at a serious battle, he’ll have to drag off the large upset in opposition to Berlanga on Saturday night time.

Berlanga vs. Rolls card, odds

Odds by way of Caesars Sportsbook

Edgar Berlanga -1600

Steve Rolls +900

Tremendous middleweight

John Bauza -1500

Tony Luis +850

Tremendous light-weight

Xander Zayas -2200

Quincy LaVallais +1100

Tremendous welterweight

Henry Lebron -2200

Josec Ruiz +1100

Tremendous featherweight

Prediction

It was by no means truthful to count on Berlanga to maintain knocking fighters out within the first spherical. That stated, the Coceres battle actually stands out as a giant crimson flag. Berlanga’s struggles have been extra than simply the one knockdown he suffered. Coceres caught him flush many instances all through and made Berlanga look uncomfortable for a lot of the battle. Nonetheless, Berlanga was battling a torn bicep within the battle, one thing that will surely unsettle any younger fighter whose recreation relies round throwing with the extent of energy he depends on.

Rolls just isn’t a foul fighter. He’s, nevertheless, the sort of fighter who suits a particular position. He is ok to beat club-level fighters and different middling abilities to earn a crack or two at large featured fights the place he then is outclassed by fighters a tier or two larger than him. That’s seemingly what occurs right here, with Berlanga being youthful, stronger and extra harmful, so long as he does not go away the identical extensive openings in his protection that allowed Coceres to get in cleanly. Choose: Edgar Berlanga by way of TKO6


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