Brooklyn-born Edgar Berlanga defends his middleweight title at Naboo against Steve Rolls at Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York on Saturday, March 19. Boxing fight card live on ESPN and ESPN Deportes, and broadcast live on ESPN+.
Berlanga vs Rolls airs in the UK and Australia is Sunday, March 20th.
Berlanga, whose family hails from San Juan, Puerto Rico, is battling his first main event in his strongest test yet. In the syndicated film, 19-year-old Puerto Rican Xander Zayas meets Louisiana-born Quincy Lavalle in eight orbits in the junior middleweight. Off the main card, US Olympic silver medalist Keyshawn Davis takes on Mexican veteran Esteban Sanchez in an eight-course game at the lightweight.
Berlanga vs Rolls . tickets
Edgar Berlanga vs Steve Rolls tickets go on sale Friday, January 28 at 12 PM ET. Tickets, starting at $51, can be purchased through Ticketmaster.com or MSG.com (depending on the ad posted by Top Rank).
“Edgar, Xander and Kishon are future stars who get pound for pound, and it’s going to be a special evening in front of a crowd in New York City,” said Bob Arum, Top-Rated Chairman. “All three are fighting the toughest battles of their careers, but I expect them to go through with flying colors.”
Edgar Berlanga vs Steve Rolls
Edgar Berlanga (18-0, 16 KOs) took the boxing world by storm with 16 consecutive first-round knockouts to open his professional career. He went the distance twice in 2021, opening his campaign in April by defeating Damon Nicholson four times in eight rounds in a televised defeat by ESPN. Berlanga returned on the Tyson Fury-Deontay Wilder 3 card in October, defeating Marcelo Esteban Cosiris by unanimous decision of 10 rounds despite suffering a torn biceps in the third round and the first knockout of his career in the ninth.
Berlanga said, “I’m so excited to fight in my first home event in my hometown. It’s a dream come true for a fighter representing New York City and Puerto Rico. I can’t wait to show the world what I really am. We’re going to blow the roof off from the Hulu Theater, so get your tickets early and popcorn.” ready for that performance.”
Steve Rolls (21-1, 12 KOs), a 37-year-old from Toronto, is an 11-year-old professional who was an undefeated middleweight competitor before climbing up to the welterweight. In June 2019, Sterling fan Gennady Golovkin challenged at Madison Square Garden and found some success in the second round before stopping in the fourth. Rolls has racked up two wins since the Golovkin match, the most recent of which was defeating Christopher Brooker in the ninth round last month on an Artur Petterbiev-Marcus Brown card in Montreal.
Rolls said, “I’m happy to be back at the headline at Madison Square Garden. Bootcamp has been going well, I feel so strong and there’s nothing but war on my mind. Berlanga has the strength, but I’ll be ready for whatever he brings. I’m looking forward to 19″ March. I’ll see you then.”
Xander Zayas vs Quincy Lavalle
Xander Zayas (12-0, 9 KOs) made a breakthrough in 2021, going 6-0 by four knockouts while being prominently mentioned in the Prospect of the Year debates. He made his debut at Madison Square Garden last December and ended his campaign in 2021 by eliminating Alessio Mastronzio in the first round.
He’s up against Quincy LaVallais (12-2-1, 7 KOs), who upset in December 2020 over Clay Collard at the MGM Grand Bubble. LaVallais, who is 2-2 since Collard’s win, has never been knocked out.
Zias said: “It is an honor to be fighting again at Madison Square Garden, where I know my Puerto Rican people will come out to show their support. 2021 was a great year, but I’m looking forward to an even bigger 2022. Quincy Lavalle is a strong veteran, so I can’t overlook him.” I want to make a major statement on March 19.”
Kishon Davis vs Esteban Sanchez
Keyshawn Davis (4-0, 3 KOs), of Norfolk, Virginia, won three games in the first five months of 2021 before flying to Tokyo for a silver medal. He then signed a long-term promotional contract with Top Rank and improved to 4-0 with a second-round stoppage over Jose Zaragoza on December 11.
Davis is making his 2022 debut against Esteban Sanchez (18-1, 8 KOs), the 23-year-old from Ensenada, Mexico, who has won back-to-back games and will make his American debut.
Davis said, “I did a show at Madison Square Garden in December, and I’m going to do it again. Esteban Sanchez is supposed to be my toughest fight as a pro, but it’s going to be easy work. The Davis brothers come to represent Norfolk and leave no doubt that we are the future of boxing.”
Berlanga vs Rolls undercard
Berlanga vs Rolls undercard will be streamed live and exclusively on ESPN+. The line-up is set to include a host of undefeated talent, including Puerto Rican junior welterweight John Bauza (16-0, 7 KOs) in eight orbits, welterweight, and Berlanga’s New York City teammate Pablo “Pretty Boy” Valdez (6 -0, 5 KOs) in six-round attraction, and Puerto Rican lightweight junior Henry LeBron (14-0, 9 KOs) in eight orbits. Additionally, junior welterweight Kelvin Davis (3-0, 2 KOs) plays in a four-wheel sprint.
The Berlanga vs Rolls ultimate fight card is expected to be announced in the coming weeks. The current squad can be found below.
Berlanga and Rolls Battle Card
- Edgar Berlanga vs Steve Rolls, 10 rounds, super middleweight – Berlanga’s NABO super middleweight title
- Xander Zayas vs. Quincy Lavalle, 8 rounds, junior middleweight
- Quichon Davis vs Esteban Sanchez, 8 Rounds, Lightweight
- John Poza vs FUCK, 8 rounds, junior welterweight
- Pablo Valdez vs. FUCK, 6 rounds, welterweight
- Henry LeBron vs. Fuck, 8 Rounds, Junior Lightweight
- Kelvin Davis vs. FUCK, 4 rounds, small welterweight