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Edgar Berlanga posts 15th straight first-round KO to open his career

Yahoo! Sports logo Yahoo! Sports 10/18/2020 Jack Baer
a man standing in front of a crowd: Edgar Berlanga is still waiting to meet the second round. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images) © Provided by Yahoo! Sports Edgar Berlanga is still waiting to meet the second round. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

When it comes to boxing records, it doesn’t get much more dominant than Edgar Berlanga right now.

The Puerto Rican 23-year-old scored a first-round TKO against Lanell Bellows to open Saturday’s Top Rank card. It was Berlanga’s 15th straight first-round knockout to improve his career record to 15-0. None of that is a typo.

Saturday’s bout ended with a sustained assault on Bellows, prompting the ref to call the fight.

Berlanga provided his own post-fight analysis, announcing “I’m a f---ing monster” from the corner of the ring:

Of course, the flip side of literally never seeing the second round of a professional boxing match is that Berlanga is still lacking experience in lengthy fights as he tries to graduate from prospect to boxing’s upper levels. Mike Tyson said as much after the match, saying he wants to see Berlanga do this kind of stuff in the 10th round too.

In theory, Bellows was a decent bet to provide that challenge having gone the distance in five of his previous seven fights (with a record of 2-3-2), but then Berlanga plowed through him too.

As Yahoo Sports’ Kevin Iole notes, Berlanga is aware of this, but wasn’t thinking too much about it on Saturday.

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