Edgar Berlanga discusses time in camp with Sergiy Derevyanchenko ahead of Golovkin clash and plans for the end of 2019
Edgar Berlanga is looking to build on his explosive start to life in the paid ranks and he sets his sights on fight dates in Florida and New York before 2019 is concluded.
Berlanga hails from New York and stays close to his Puerto Rican roots. He recently announced that he had linked up with famed trainer Andre Rozier, which has led Berlenga to Northern California in the camp of world title challenger Sergiy Derevyanchenko. Derevyanchenko has held camp between the state of the art SNAC facility in the Bay Area and the Aloha Boxing Club with Berlanga being an integral part of the camp, acting as a sparring partner for the Ukrainian who squares off against Gennady Golovkin on October 5.
Berlanga opened up about his time in camp with Derevyanchenko. “Sparring with Sergiy has been an honor and a great experience and I am fully confident that he can shock the world against GGG. Sergiy is the real deal and I have learned a lot in camp with him and I have gained a lot of confidence myself knowing that I can mix it with elite-level fighters such as Sergiy Dereyvanchenko.
“Sergiy is technically an unbelievable fighter. I understand why people believe he is going to beat Golovkin on October 5 because he is such a complete fighter. Working with Sergiy, Andre Rozier, Gary Stark Sr alongside my father and the rest of Team Havoc has been a blessing and thank you to everyone at the Aloha Boxing Club and SNAC for making me feel so welcome.
“Training camp has been a pleasure to be a part of. We work hard but we all bounce off each other and we are all a big family. That is what having a great team is about and I certainly have that and I believe that reflects in the performances of Team Havoc fighters from the bottom to the top.”
Berlanga has amassed a ferocious professional record with all of his 12 wins coming via first-round knockout. The ‘New York Rican' discussed his plans for the remainder of the year and early 2020.
Berlenga said, “It looks like I'll fight twice more before the year is out, in Florida and New York. I have great support in both places so I am very grateful to everyone at Top Rank for getting the opportunity to box in those venues, especially one being Madison Square Garden, the Mecca of Boxing.
“I'd like to win a title in the early part of 2020 if not in 2019. I believe I am ready to step up and challenge for North American titles and International titles. I am definitely at that level now and I want to get myself into the world ratings in the very near future.”