Terrifying boxing phenom can’t be stopped

Although Edgar Berlanga’s stunning first-round KO streak has come to an end, the American super-middleweight still looks unbeatable.

Edgar Berlanga’s stunning first-round KO streak is sadly over, but the boxing phenom’s undefeated record remains intact.

The American super-middleweight secured his 17th consecutive win after bettering countryman Demond Nicholson via unanimous decision at Florida’s Silver Spurs Arena on Sunday AEST.

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There was no definitive knockout blow in the eight-round encounter, but Nicholson was dropped on four occasions, including in the dying moments of the final term.

Nicholson looked to evade rather than compete in the opening round as Berlanga searched for early power shots.

But the 28-year-old weathered the storm, surviving the first round and ending Berlanga’s miracle streak.

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Former boxing champion Edwin Valero held the record for consecutive first-round knockouts with 18, with Berlanga falling short of equalling the feat with 16.

Berlanga dominated the remainder of Sunday’s contest — official scores were 79-68, 79-69, 79-69 with the 23-year-old’s professional record improving to 17-0 (16 KOs).

“I could have done a lot better, there were things I should have did, but we got the job done,” Berlanga said after the win.

“(Trainer Andre Rozier) was telling me to throw the jab and throw body shots. But I didn’t follow instructions so he had to give me push-ups.

“I just continue to get experience, training hard, and stay in the gym. I need my endurance in the ring to get better and better.”

Berlanga insists there is no secret remedy to his gifted power — he has instead worked hard to build up a spiteful, killer instinct in the ring.

“The secret is simple; it’s hard work, it’s nothing to it, just hard work. Discipline, dedication, not giving up,” he told The Sun in December.

“I did have power, but I didn’t know how to use it and utilise it as an amateur.

“I wasn’t dwelling on trying to hurt people and I didn’t have a killer instinct the way I do now.

“Now, I’m a grown man and my mindset is different, now I’m a monster, a killer now, from amateur to turning pro.

“You have to have it in you, and if you don’t there nothing you can do.

“And as I’ve got older I’ve learned to keep that killer mindset and that’s very important, all the greats, they had a killer instinct.

“I’ve already proven I’ve got power, that I can knock people out in the first round, so now I feel like now is the time to shut everyone up and show that I can really box.

“I’ve shown them I can punch, I can really hurt anybody, so now it’s time to show boxing skill.

“It’s crazy because people really think I’m just a power puncher. But, when I really box, and I use my skill, it’s going to be crazy.

“Mark my words, it’s going to be insane and I’m ready for it. Next year is the time I tell people I can really box.”

Berlanga has won the approval of boxing legend Floyd Mayweather, along with A-listers like comedian Tracy Morgan and rappers Fat Joe and 50 Cent.

with The Sun

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