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Matchroom announce Edgar Berlanga return, Curiel vs Nontshinga 2, more for 2024

Edgar Berlanga will return in February, plus two rematch main events announced by Matchroom.

Edgar Berlanga
Edgar Berlanga will return to the ring in February
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Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

Matchroom Boxing announced a trio of early 2024 main events last night during the Jesse “Bam” Rodriguez vs Sunny Edwards show.

Edgar Berlanga will return to action on Feb. 24 in Orlando, facing Padraig McCroy in a 12-round super middleweight main event.

The 26-year-old Berlanga (21-0, 16 KO) started his career with 16 straight first round stoppage wins, but has gone the distance in each of his last five fights. Top Rank and ESPN pushed the stoppage streak hard, but his star rise has slowed considerably since.

Berlanga left Top Rank and fought just once in 2023 after signing with Matchroom, beating Jason Quigley in June. McCrory (18-0, 9 KO) is a 35-year-old fighter from Belfast who is far too old to really be called a prospect and hasn’t exactly fought at a level to distinguish himself as a contender, either.

On Feb. 16 in Mexico — no specific venue set yet — Adrian Curiel will defend the IBF 108 lb title against the man he knocked out to win it, Sivenathi Nontshinga. Curiel upset Nontshinga by second round KO on Nov. 4 in Monte Carlo.

Curiel (24-4-1, 5 KO) gets home field for the rematch, but it’s not unfamiliar ground for South Africa’s Nontshinga (12-1, 9 KO), either, as he beat Hector Flores to win the vacant IBF belt in Hermosillo back in 2022.

That Friday night show will go head-to-head with Top Rank’s O’Shaquie Foster vs Abraham Nova title fight on ESPN.

The first of the three shows will come on Feb. 10 from Newcastle, with Conah Walker and Cyrus Pattinson meeting in a welterweight rematch on one of Matchroom’s “NXTGEN” prospect (or prospect-adjacent) showcases.

Walker (12-2-1, 4 KO) upset Pattinson (6-1, 4 KO) on Aug. 19 in Birmingham, and now Pattinson will get home field for the rematch.

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