The fights are underway in New York, with prelim bouts going on the Crawford-Khan undercard.
Edgar Berlanga TKO-1 Samir Barbosa
Middleweight prospect Berlanga is now 10-0 (10 KO), all fights ending in the first round. Berlanga, a 21-year-old from Brooklyn, is a big kid for 160, about 6’1”, has obvious power. This one was stopped in 46 seconds. Brazil’s Barbosa (37-16-3, 26 KO) is a 38-year-old journeyman who also was stopped in the first round in his last fight by a guy who isn’t a prospect, so, y’know. But Berlanga should be on your radar at the very least. Someone to watch.
Larry Fryers UD-6 Dakota Polley
Both of these guys left this one with jacked up faces. Not exactly defensive specialists. This was a pretty fun fight overall, totally watchable, worked for TV and all that. Ireland junior welterweight Fryers is now 10-1 (3 KO), while Polley drops to 5-3 (2 KO). Scores were 60-53 across the board, with Polley docked a point for holding in the sixth round. It was a little more competitive than a shutout might make it sound. Neither of these fellas are likely headed for world title glory, but I wouldn’t mind seeing either of them again. They scrapped.
Vikas Krishan UD-6 Noah Kidd
Scores were 59-55, 60-54, and 60-54 for the 27-year-old Krishan, a two-time Olympian nicknamed “The Indian Tank,” but those scores might lead you to believe he looked great. He didn’t. Even Bernardo Osuna and Tim Bradley, calling the fight for ESPN and Top Rank, were openly underwhelmed.
Krishan (2-0, 1 KO) is arguably most famous outside of India for being the guy who was involved in Errol Spence Jr’s Olympic controversy back in 2012. Originally, Krishan was ridiculously scored a 13-11 winner over Spence. This was a flat-out robbery, and Spence and Team USA protested. Eventually, AIBA came back and instead of just saying the judges screwed it up, they threw all the blame on the referee for not calling various fouls, awarded Spence four extra points, and overturned the decision.
Krishan wasn’t a bad amateur, mind you. He was a good one. He fought at the Olympics again in 2016 and made it to the quarterfinals. But he still very much fights like an amateur, and Kidd (3-2-1, 2 KO) got to him a few times. “He’s not the guy,” Tim Bradley very plainly put it after the fight.
Remember some years back when Bob Arum was convinced that he was going to milk Macau and China for massive amounts of money long-term? Well, that didn’t much pan out, really. They are now aiming at India, as Top Rank have Krishan, who is old for a prospect, and Vijender Singh (10-0, 7 KO), who is even older at 33 and hasn’t fought since Dec. 2017.