Edgar Berlanga exploded onto the world boxing scene in dramatic fashion by destroying his first 16 opponents all in the first round, but in his last four fights (including tonight) his victories have come by way of unanimous decisions.
Tonight marked the second time 'The Monster' has headlined at Madison Square Garden, and is considered to be the future of Puerto Rican boxing by many of his fellow countrymen that follows him. For the first time tonight, Berlanga was trained by Juan De Leon after being impressed with De Leon's passion for the sport of boxing.
Throughout tonights contest, Berlanga worked behind the jab as Angulo came forward time and time again, behind a very high guard. The Puero Rican, during fight week, explained that Angulo's style is to come forward and Berlanga wanted to show he was capable of boxing as well as finishing opponents.
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This was the only thing that went to plan though for 'The Monster' as in the seventh round, after more pressure by the Colombian, Berlanga appeared to try and bite Angulo on the shoulder and neck. Luckily for Berlanga the referee didnt witness this otherwise a DQ would have swiftly followed.
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After another two more rounds behind the jab and after more pressure by the challenger, the final bell sounded and Berlanga once again showed a lack of discipline by trying to headbut Angulo.
But, to add to the controversy the scorecards were read out and Berlanga took a very wide points victory 98-92, 99-91 and 99-91 despite the pressure by the aging Angulo the judges felt he lost nearly every round of the ten round distance.
Whilst being interviewed in the ring, Berlanga said when questioned about the bite, "I tried to drop a Mike Tyson on him." He stated, that Angulo was 'throwing elbows' as he explained his decision to try and bite his opponent.
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Timothy Bradley whilst doing punditry, said that Edgar Berlanga is going nowhere, when questioned where Berlanga's future lies in the 168 division.
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