Edgar Berlanga is the real deal.
The 23-year-old rising star took his professional boxing record to 14-0 on Wednesday, obliterating Eric Moon in the first round.
Incredibly, all 14 of Berlanga’s wins have come via knockout in the first round.
Berlanga left Moon sprawled on the canvas less than 60 seconds into their fight on Wednesday after a flurry of right-hand punches.
The American delivered the knockout blow after pulling Moon’s gloves down from in front of his head and leaving his opponent exposed.
“It was another step-up fight for me,” Berlanga said afterwards.
“We prepared to go rounds, but I got him hurt and got him out of there.
“I still have so much room to grow as a fighter. The power is there, but I will show everyone that I am a well-rounded fighter.
“The knockout streak is cool, but there is more to me than first-round knockouts.”
Boxing world freaks out over Edgar Berlanga
Berlanga’s insane streak has the boxing world on notice.
As veteran combat writer Kevin Iole said on Wednesday: “Edgar Berlanga is 23, and already one of the most feared punchers in boxing.”
“This is new territory for Berlanga, who fought 179 times as an amateur and never considered himself a hard puncher.”
Berlanga told Yahoo Sports earlier this week: “To start off my career so well like this, it was pretty shocking to me because I wasn’t a big puncher while I was an amateur.”
“The transition to amateur and pro definitely did me well. I learned how to throw my punches, how to set things up and I really learned how to punch.
“I was shocked, though, when I first started hitting guys and [they would be hurt or go down].”
Berlanga’s manager Keith Connolly said the power is real and believes that he’ll be successful with it even as the competition improves.
“The thing I really like about him is what happened in his last fight,” Connolly said, referencing Berlanga’s KO of Cesar Nunez.
“He gets the guy hurt and he doesn’t go crazy. He stays compact and calm, but he’s still throwing powerful punches.
“I’m 47 years old and I have watched boxing for 40 years and there aren’t that many guys you see who don’t go crazy looking for the KO when they have you in trouble.
“He knows now that he has that. He has that big kind of punching power that if you have ever been there when he’s fighting, you know this: You can hear it in the upper deck. It’s a different sound.”
Is Edgar Berlanga the real deal? Too soon to say, but that power is scary. 14 fights, 14 first-round KOs. If he has either a great chin or defense — pick one — with that power, he could be a star. Big if, though— Mike Coppinger (@MikeCoppinger) July 22, 2020
Want to cover up? How about I pull your glove down and then come with that right? Sidenote: Edgar Berlanga punches really hard. pic.twitter.com/T9DpoAqS4H— Matt Young (@Chron_MattYoung) July 22, 2020
14-for-14 for Berlanga! Sweet Jesus!— Raphielle Johnson 😷 (@raphiellej) July 22, 2020
WOW...He did it AGAIN...14 wins 14 STRAIT FIRST ROUND KOs by Edgar Berlanga...OK...enuff F’n around...Lets get this guy a Title fight...GEEZ— Mychal Thompson (@champagnennuts) July 22, 2020
Edgar Berlanga looking like the real deal. Crazy he's only 23 years old. Super middleweight is a pretty shallow division so it shouldn't be hard for him to keep pushing up the ladder.— Mark Ortega (@MarkEOrtega) July 22, 2020
Super middleweight Edgar Berlanga just destroyed Eric Moon early I the first round. Whoa. 14-0, all first-round KOs. Moon was a solid opponent on paper. Top Rank expected him to go some rounds but he was absolitely crushed by a right hand. #boxing— Dan Rafael (@DanRafael1) July 22, 2020
Edgar Berlanga is the truth! 14-0 14 straight knockouts all in the 1st round 😂💪🏾💪🏾— Emmanuel Sanders (@ESanders_10) July 22, 2020
Edgar Berlanga 😳... 168 better watch out for this dude bro. 14-0 ... ALL FIRST ROUND KOs— Damian Lillard (@Dame_Lillard) July 22, 2020
Edgar Berlanga now 14-0-0, 14 KOs this guy is the next BIG thing in the super middleweight division what a monster 💥💥💥 #TopRankBoxing— 🇨🇦🇮🇹 (@PSSpecial1) July 22, 2020
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