Brooklyn’s newest young knockout prodigy and a former Unified World Champion from Philadelphia will be in action on Saturday, October 9 at T-Mobile Arena in preliminary fights ahead of the highly anticipated heavyweight trilogy grudge match between WBC and linear heavyweight world champion Tyson “The Gypsy King” Fury and former world heavyweight champion Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder.
Edgar “The Chosen One” Berlanga will face former world title challenger Marcelo Esteban “El Terrible” Coceres in a scheduled 10-round showdown for the vacant NABO super middleweight belt, while Julian “J-Rock” Williams will take on Mexican Vladimir Hernandez in a 10-round junior middleweight bout in his first fight since losing his title belts.
Berlanga-Coceres and Williams-Hernandez will be televised live at 7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT on ESPN2, ESPN Deportes, FS1 and FOX Deportes, and broadcast simultaneously on ESPN +. Preliminary bouts will be streamed live on the ESPN app and FOX Sports app starting at 4:30 p.m. ET / 1:30 p.m. PT.
The all-heavy Fury vs. Wilder III ESPN + and FOX Sports PPV Bargain begins at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT and features 2016 Nigerian Olympian “The One and Only” Efe Ajagba taking on his undefeated compatriot Frank “The Cuban Flash “in the 10 round co-main event; the highly anticipated 12-round rematch between Robert âThe Nordic Nightmareâ Helenius and Adam âBabyfaceâ Kownacki; and the first eight-round PPV game starring 21-year-old Jared “The Real Big Baby” Anderson against Russian veteran Vladimir Tereshkin.
Tickets for Fury vs Wilder III are on sale now and can be purchased at www.t-mobilearena.com or www.axs.com. The event is promoted by Top Rank, BombZquad Promotions, TGB Promotions and Frank Warren’s Queensberry Promotions. A Premier Boxing Champions presentation.
Berlanga (17-0, 16 KOs), the Brooklyn puncher with Puerto Rican roots, has become one of the most talked about boxing fighters scoring first round knockouts in his first 16 fights. Prospect of the Year 2020, he took to the ring with mentor and multi-platinum hip hop artist Fat Joe and became a social media sensation with his highlights stops. The knockout streak ended in April, as Berlanga knocked down Demond Nicholson four times in eight rounds and had to settle for a unanimous decision. Coceres (30-2-1, 16 KOs), of Argentina, challenged Billy Joe Saunders for the WBO super middleweight world title in November 2019 and was nearly tied on the scorecards before being eliminated in the 11th tower. He last fought in June, knocking out Nelson Nicolas Rosalez in the second round.
Berlanga said: âI am delighted to fight on the Fury-Wilder III map, and I come to do what I always do, which is to steal the show and knock out my opponent in a devastating way. Coceres is set to have a rude awakening on October 9. Don’t get up for a snack when I’m in a fight. It’s gonna be a short, brutal night. Count on it. “
âBerlanga can say whatever he wants to make the night short or whatever. The bigger speakers are usually the least safe, âCoceres said. âI know what I’m bringing to the table. I was there with the best fighters, as he feasted on a diet of nobodies. In my mind, it won’t be a shock when I beat this kid. October 9, it’s man against boy, and this boy is going to experience a rude awakening. “
Williams of Philadelphia (27-2-1, 16 KOs) became a unified world champion at 154 pounds in May 2019 when he upset Jarrett Hurd in one of the best fights of the year, winning a close brawl by unanimous decision. The 31-year-old lost the titles in his first defense, losing to Jeison Rosario in January 2020. Williams had led a five-game winning streak before Rosario’s game, in which he added wins over the former champion Ishe Smith and hard-hitting competitor Nathaniel Gallimore at his ledger. He returned to action on October 9 against Hernandez, 32, (12-4, 6 KOs). Originally from Durango, Mexico, Hernandez now lives in Denver, Colorado, and recently claimed a decisive victory over longtime competitor Alfredo Angulo in August 2020.
âI am grateful for the opportunity to compete on this incredible card,â said Williams. “I am delighted to step back into the ring and begin my journey to the top of the division.”
âI am very grateful for this opportunity to return to the ring on October 9,â ââsaid Hernandez. âI expect Julian Williams to be prepared the way I am to give the fans a great fight. I haven’t done anything other than stay ready and train since my last fight. I promise that I’ll bring the action when that bell rings.
Preliminary bouts include a 10-round featherweight bout between two-time Cuban Olympic gold medalist Robeisy “El Tren” Ramirez (7-1, 4 KOs) and undefeated Puerto Rican prospect Orlando “Capu” Gonzalez (17-0, 10 KOs), heavyweight phenomenon Viktor Faust (7-0, 5 KOs) in an eight round against Mike Marshall (6-1, 4 KOs), the professional debut of former American amateur star Bruce “Shu Shu” Carrington in a four-round featherweight contest against an opponent to be named, and junior welterweight Elvis “The Dominican Kid” Rodriguez (11-1-1, 10 KOs) against Victor Vazquez (11-5, 5 KOs) in a eight rounds.