Undefeated Puerto Rican sensation Edgar “The Chosen One” Berlanga (15-0, 15KOs) will return to the squared circle on Saturday, Dec. 12, when he takes on Ulises Sierra (15-1-2, 9KOs).
The pair’s eight-round super middleweight clash will take place on the undercard of the lightweight bout between Shakur Stevenson and Toka Kahn Clary. The hype around Berlanga has been steadily building, and it is helped by the fact that not one of Berlanga’s opponents has made it out of the first round.
“Edgar Berlanga has a unique blend of power and charisma, and I believe he is the next Puerto Rican superstar,” said Top Rank chairman Bob Arum.
“Ulises Sierra is the toughest test of Edgar’s career. Who knows if that will make a difference? We’ve tried to get the kid some rounds before, but once Edgar hurts his opponents, it’s game over.”
December’s bout will be Berlanga’s third of 2020, after having competed inside The Bubble in July and September. The Brooklyn-born fighter needed just over a minute to stop Lanell Bellows during his most recent outing on the undercard of the Vasiliy Lomachenko-Teofimo Lopez title clash.
Sierra comes into this clash on the back of a decision loss in January to Russia’s Vladimir Shishkin. Before his defeat to Shishkin, the San Diego native was riding an eight-fight winning streak. The 31-year-old never been stopped, a record that 23-year-old Berlanga will surely put to the test.