Edgar Berlanga maintained his excellent report with an imperfect efficiency.
The slugger from Brooklyn survived a knockdown and a spirited effort from veteran Marcelo Coceres to earn a unanimous-decision victory in a 10-round tremendous middleweight bout on the Tyson Fury-Deontay Wilder card Saturday at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
All three judges had the identical rating, 96-93, seven rounds to 3.
Berlanga (18-0, 16 KOs) managed the struggle within the early rounds. He didn’t land the bombs we’ve come to count on from him however he discovered a house for his jab and outworked Coceres (30-3-1, 16 KOs), who was content material to bop across the ring.
However, by Round 4, the Argentine started to plant his toes and land some significant punches to show what had been a one-sided struggle right into a aggressive one through which a number of rounds had been troublesome to attain.
Coceres, his proper swollen shut, had his greatest second within the remaining seconds of Round 9, when he landed a counter proper to the aspect of the top that put Berlanga onto the canvas for the primary time in his profession.
The 24-year-old pounded his chest as he lay on his again, his manner of indicating that he wasn’t damage. However, he had taken a giant blow. Coceres adopted with a flurry of laborious photographs however Berlanga survived till the tip of the spherical.
Berlanga was fantastic by the beginning of Round 10, through which he appeared to outwork Coceres.
Berlanga had began his profession with 16 consecutive knockouts. He has now gone the space in two straight fights towards higher-level opposition.