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Edgar Berlanga, John Bauza in action on Stevenson-Marriaga undercard

Berlanga is 13-0 with 13 first-round knockouts

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Patrick Stumberg is a freelance writer for SB Nation, first joining the network in 2011 before linking up with Bad Left Hook in 2015.

Top Rank’s squad of unbeaten up-and-comers will be out in force on March 14th, setting the stage for Shakur Stevenson’s inaugural WBO title defense against Miguel Marriaga.

Taking center stage is 22-year-old middleweight Edgar Berlanga (13-0, 13 KO), who’s exclusively won via first-round knockout in his four-year career. He’s stated that he wants to fight someone who will actually make him go rounds, but I’m not sure TBA is up to the task.

As far as guys with actual opponents, 21-year-old super lightweight John Bauza (13-0, 5 KO) faces Romain Tomas (8-3, 1 KO), 31-year-old light heavyweight Frederic Julian (12-0, 10 KO) takes on Victor Darocha (9-5-1, 6 KO), 24-year-old welterweight Mathew Gonzalez (10-0, 6 KO) fights Dakota Linger (12-3-2, 8 KO), and 36-year-old welterweight Pablo Valdez (3-0, 3 KO) fights Jordan Morales (3-7, 2 KO).

In addition to Stevenson-Marriaga, the ESPN+ main card will also see Jessie Magdaleno (27-1, 18 KO) face unbeaten but wholly unproven Namibian Sakaria Lukas (23-0, 16 KO).

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