We keep waiting to see Edgar Berlanga go past the first round, and it’ll have to wait at least another fight.
The 23-year-old Puerto Rican super middleweight from New York smashed Lanell Bellows in 79 seconds tonight, scoring his 15th straight first round stoppage win to start his pro career.
Berlanga (15-0, 15 KO) was on paper taking a step up here, as Bellows (20-6-3, 13 KO) may not be a top fighter, but he had never been stopped in his eight-year pro career, and had gone a 10-round distance a handful of times.
But Berlanga’s power is just so natural and effortless that, to date, there’s been nothing Bellows or anyone else could do about it. Not only did Bellows get stopped in the first round, he also got cut and visibly banged up. Here’s a look at the win:
“I could see with the first shot, I cut him open, and the look in his eyes, he didn’t wanna be in there,” Berlanga said. “I looked in his eyes, he didn’t wanna be there, so I had to get him out.”
“He’s never been stopped before. I’m the first person to stop him, and in the first round. It’s emotion and how I really feel. For all the critics, all the media, I just felt it in me that I had to say that.”
Berlanga said he wants to fight in December, and hopes to fight on Puerto Rican Day weekend in New York next June, something previous star Puerto Rican fighters have made a tradition.