New York, NY–After his electrifying intro of Don Omar performing anthem “Bandolero” to echoing roars of the largely Boricua sold-out crowd, the moment finally arrived for 4,357 prideful fans to witness the main event of the evening at the Hulu Theater. Last night’s NABO Super Middleweight title bout of two-time world champion Columbian Alexis Angulo (27-2, 23KO’s) against Brooklyn’s own from San Juan, PR undefeated NABO Super Middleweight champ Edgar Berlanga (19-0, 16KO’s) in a 10-round match that went full throttle.
The undefeated contender entered the ring not realizing the challenge he would soon face but by the third and fourth rounds, the reality of his nose bleed from being cornered on the ropes was a sure fire sign this wasn’t going to be another one of his easy KO wins.
Angulo’s hard rights were landing like a power hammer with Berlanga needing to answer back doing so mid-way in the fight. Once he regained focus from being home schooled by the experienced vet, he tapped in “monster mode” with combinations of upper cuts, jabs, and body shots.
Angulo attempted to shift gears in round 7 trying to pin the twenty-five year old rival with multi power punches but Berlanga was able to take his best shots this time seeming more alert regaining his momentum though at one point looking like he wanted to strike back with his teeth after what appeared to be a close head butt.
“Nah cause he was uh throwing elbows..I was about to do a Mike Tyson on him but uh you know he kept throwing his elbows and pushed his head out I didn’t want to get cut I needed..well I was like ready to bite him like Mike Tyson nah, let me stop” joking about the near disqualification.
This aside it was a great fight to the finish. Angulo showcasing his grit and endurance giving his opponent a run for his money while Berlanga, though gaining another victory during his fellow prideful Puerto Rican Day weekend celebrations, it was more about being tested with teachable lessons that hopefully will shape the future of his career.