Diego Pacheco, the 22-year-old super middleweight prospect from Los Angeles, is looking forward to a potential fight with fellow 168-pounder Edgar Berlanga, who is also signed with Matchroom Boxing. Pacheco recently boosted his appeal with a dominant stoppage over veteran Jack Cullen at Echo Arena in Liverpool.
Speaking to SecondsOut.com after the fight, Pacheco offered an enthusiastic endorsement of the potential matchup with Berlanga. "He's a great fighter, I'm a great fighter. As long as everyone wants to see that fight and everyone asks for that fight, I don't see why that shouldn't happen," Pacheco said.
Berlanga, 25, recently signed with Matchroom after parting ways with his longtime promoter Top Rank. One of the reasons why Berlanga signed with Hearn appears to be because of a potential fight with Canelo Alvarez, the current undisputed champion at 168. However, in order to earn that opportunity, Berlanga would need to rack up a few wins over top opposition.
Pacheco, who signed with Matchroom straight out of the amateurs when he was only 17, believes that the win over Cullen has taken him out of the "prospect" category. "I needed a performance like this to convince people that I wasn't a prospect anymore and that I can compete with the best," Pacheco said. "With this performance, like Eddie said, I feel like I'm a contender now. I could compete with anyone. I'm ready and excited for the future."
A potential fight between Pacheco and Berlanga would be a highly anticipated matchup between two of boxing's best young fighters. While it remains to be seen whether the fight will come to fruition, both fighters have expressed a willingness to take on the challenge.
"I think in a few fights, the Berlanga fight will happen," Pacheco said. "We're both some of the best young fighters. Let's give the fight fans an amazing fight."