By Mark Elezaj
Sixteen fights. Sixteen men have stood across the ring from Edgar Berlanga and all sixteen have fallen.
Oh yes, did I mention that all sixteen were stopped in the first-round, and that all sixteen were knockout?
That’s where the professional career of the 23-year-old super middleweight up and coming star stands thus far.
His latest victim, number sixteen, was Ulises Sierra last night.
Every punch Berlanga landed was heard!
Berlanga scored three knockdowns in the first round, with the first knockdown happening 90 seconds into the fight.
Sierra barely beat the count.
Sierra stood up and tried to protect himself by keeping his gloves up around his face but it truly did not matter. Berlanga was aggressive, precise and way too strong for him. Thirty seconds later, Sierra went down again a second time.
Sierra got up and insisted that he wanted to go on with the fight. Why? I don’t know because he had no answers for Berlanga and his power. Berlagna jumped on his opponent and landed a right hand followed by a left hook and closed the show. The referee had seen enough and waved off the fight.
“I knew it wasn’t going out of the first round,” Berlanga told BoxingScene.com. “Once I saw him cover up, I knew that was it for him.”
This was the second-longest fight of his young career, going just two minutes and 41 seconds. His win over Cesar Nunez back in 2019 went 2:45.
Boxing promoter Bob Arum had nothing but praise for Berlanga after the fight.
“Edgar Berlanga Jr is the greatest power-punching phenomenon I’ve seen since the heyday of a young Mike Tyson,” he tweeted.
“I am absolutely astounded when I witness this incredible power of his punches from ringside.”
Berlanga picks up his third win of a pandemic-riddled 2020. He hopes to fight in his home town of Brooklyn next year.
“I would love to fight back home next year, if we can,” Berlanga revealed to BoxingScene.com.
“I’m from Brooklyn, I got fans from my hometown all the way to Puerto Rico. We’d love to bring back boxing to Madison Square Garden on the weekend of the Puerto Rican Day Parade.”
The all-time boxing record for most consecutive first round KOs to start a career is 21 by Ali Raymi.
~ The Fighting Voice ~