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Edgar Berlanga wants Jaime Munguia, homecoming fight in Puerto Rico

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Super middleweight contender Edgar Berlanga 21-0 (16) is eying off two things: a fight in Puerto Rico and a bout against Jaime Munguia 42-0 (33).

The 26-year-old Nuyorican, who goes by the nickname ‘The Chosen One’, scored a 12-round unanimous decision against Jason Quigley 20-3 (14) at the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Saturday night. Belranga had to work for the victory against the crafty Quigley, despite knocking him down once each in the third and fifth rounds and twice in the 12th.

Belranga is clear on what he wants to do next.

“We were talking about that earlier, trying to make a fight happen in Puerto Rico,” Berlanga said after his victory over Ireland’s Quigley.

Former WBO junior middleweight champion Munguia, 26, of Mexico has been campaigning at middleweight in recent years, but moved up to the 168-pound division for his last bout Sergiy Derevyanchenko 14-5 (10) at the Toyota Arena in Ontario, California earlier this month. A 12th round knockdown from a body shot salvaged a points victory in what would otherwise have been a draw. The scores were 114-113, 115-112 and 114-113.

“Listen, if the Munguia fight can land, if we can make it happen that’s the fight we want,” insisted Berlanga. “We gotta make it happen right now. It’s gotta happen this year. He’s a banger, I’m a banger. Puerto Rico versus Mexico.”

Promoter Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Boxing added: “I do want Edgar to fight in Puerto Rico. If we don’t get the Munguia fight next, maybe we fight there as something different. But I do want to keep the momentum of what we started here.”

Munguia has been frequently criticised for his lack of competition at 160-pounds after moving up in weight three-and-a-half years ago following a world title run at 154-pounds that saw him defend the WBO belt he won from Sadam Ali as a 21-year-old in 2018 a total of five times.

“That’s the biggest fight right now,” Berlanga continued. “I want him in the big house. Madison Square Garden. That’s a fight that everybody wants to see.”

The biggest problem of course are the promotional rivalries. Berlanga defected from Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions to join the Matchroom stable recently, with the Quigley bout being his first with Heran captaining the ship.

De La Hoya, who promotes Munguia, has been taunting Hearn on social media and insists a fight between Munguia and Berlanga will never happen.

But Berlanga is putting his trust in Hearn to make the fight happen, in what would be an entertaining slugfest for the fans.

“We definitely want Munguia for next. That’s for sure-sure,” Berlanga said. “That’s the motherfucker we want. He’s Mexican. I’m Puerto Rican. I got the man here [Hearn], the best promoter in the business. I know he’s gonna make It happen for us.”