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Edgar Berlanga Jr insists he is the heir to Canelo Alvarez’s throne

Edgar Berlanga

Undefeated super middleweight contender Edgar Berlanga Jr 20-0 (16) truly believes in his nickname.

The 26-year-old Nuyorican goes by the moniker ‘The Chosen One’.

On the Matchroom Boxing produced pre-fight mini documentary ‘Behind Closed Doors’, Berlanga elaborated on his handle.

“I feel like I was definitely chosen for something great,” said Berlanga, who was born in Brooklyn, New York. “I’m in the ring to conquer the 168-pound division to become a legend in the sport.

“I want to go down as one of the greatest Puerto Rican fighters that ever lived.”

As things stand at the moment, all roads to super middleweight supremacy go through undisputed champion Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez 39-2-2 (39).

The Mexican superstar has the luxury of picking and choosing his opponents due to his big drawing power, with the WBC, WBA, WBO and IBF sanctioning bodies seemingly willing to work with him to make big fights that will enhance their coffers.

For Berlanga, who is ranked WBC number 11, IBF number 11 and WBO number four, that means working his way up the rankings into a mandatory contender position for a shot at the number one guy in the division.

The next step in his career progression is a bout against Ireland’s Jason Quigley 20-2 (14) at the Madison Square Garden Theater in New York City on Saturday night.

The 32-year-old Quigley has been around long enough not to be drawn in to Berlanga braggadocio.

“Yeah, Edgar Berlanga, he’s flashy and he likes the cameras. I once seen him wearing sunglasses inside on time. Like, come on, lad. What are you playing at?” said Quigley.

“He needs to get a slap for that alone. When he was on that run, everyone thought he was going to do the same to Canelo.”

Berlanga, who has been out of the ring for a year following his wide points win over Roamer Alexis Angulo at the same venue he will face Quigley, is unashamed about showing off his wealth.

“I love my jewelry. My car cost $400,000 and my watch cost $250,000,” said Berlanga. “I don’t care who the fuck it is. We’re going to be ready for all the top dogs now. We’re going to take him into the deep waters and drown him. I don’t fake it. I’ve been like this since I was a kid.”

While he has to get past Quigley this weekend, his primary target is Alvarez.

“The monster is back. It’s a dream come true. I’m super proud of myself. Of course, I think about it every night. I speak it into existence,” said Berlanga.

“First, I got to handle business on June 24th. I’ve got to look spectacular [against Quigley]. I’m taking this fight like it’s my last fight in boxing because I know every fighter that fights me is doing the same.

“I’m in the ring to destroy him and get to the next level and really conquer the 168-pound division and become a legend in the sport. It’s going to be something scary on June 24.”