By Dan Ambrose: Eddie Hearn says he’s confident that the winner of a fight between unbeaten super middleweight contenders Edgar Berlanga and Jaime Munguia will get a shot against undisputed 168-lb champion Canelo Alvarez.
Berlanga (21-0, 16 KOs) and Munguia (42-0, 33 KOs) are a couple of highly criticized fighters who have been spoon-fed weak opposition their entire careers. Neither is deserving of a title shot against Canelo, given their lack of quality wins.
In other words, they are just a couple of underachievers looking for a cash-out against Canelo rather than getting in the trenches and earning the shot through hard work against the killers in the 168-lb division.
It would be pathetic if the Berlanga-Munguia winner would get a fight against Canelo while the far more deserving fighters David Benavidez, Demetrius Andrade & David Morrell Jr. are ignored by the Mexican star.
Instead of Hearn looking to match Berlanga against Munguia, who doesn’t fight at 168, he should match him against one of these fights from the super middleweight division:
– David Morrell Jr
– Caleb Plant
– Demetrius Andrade
– David Benavidez
– Diego Pacheco
It seems more like a pipe dream that Hearn has puffed up out of hope rather than reality because Canelo is under contract with PBC for three fights, and they’re rumored to have already chosen the other two opponents they want him to face after he defends against Jermell Charlo on September 30th.
“It was nice, wasn’t it? All of a sudden, he wants to make a fight. He wants to make the fight because DAZN wants to make the fight, and we’ve already been talking to Golden Boy for a number of weeks about Berlanga against Munguia,” said Eddie Hearn to iFL TV about his desire to make a fight between Matchroom fighter Edgar Berlanga and the Golden Boy-promoted Jaime Munguia next.
“Frank Smith [of Matchroom] met with [Golden Boy Promotions president] Eric Gomez in LA. Obviously, DAZN has said to Matchroom and Golden Boy, ‘That’s the fight we want next, Jaime Munguia against Berlanga.’
“It’s absolutely an epic fight. Mexico against Puerto Rico, pure 50-50, an absolute war. Have me some of that, and hopefully, we can sit down with our friends at Golden Boy and get it made.
“Yeah, you can always do a deal with PBC. If PBC don’t have an opponent that Canelo accepts,” said Hearn when asked about the possibility of him making a deal between Berlanga and Canelo Alvarez, who PBC is currently promoting for his next three fights.
“I don’t even know the actual length of the deal with PBC. Who knows? It’s never been fully announced, but if they run out of opponents or if there’s someone that makes a massive fight, I’m sure we can do that.
“If Canelo doesn’t agree to certain terms and leaves PBC, I tell you what. The Munguia-Berlanga winner is absolutely nailed on to fight Canelo Alvarez. It’s a massive fight.
“It’s like certain fights make sense. Wood-Warrington. How can you not make it? Berlanga-Munguia is absolutely the same. How can we not make it? You got to get it done,” said Hearn.