‘F***ing monster’: Prodigy’s absurd KO
Boxing phenom Edgar Berlanga has secured his 15th consecutive first-round knockout after defeating American rival Lanell Bellows in less than 90 seconds on Sunday afternoon (AEDT).
During their super middleweight bout in Nevada, Berlanga delivered a relentless assault in the first round, splitting Bellows' left eyebrow and prompting the referee to call the fight.
The 23-year-old Puerto Rican is yet to see the second round of a fight since making his professional debut in April 2016.
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After securing the victory at MGM Grand Conference Center, Berlanga hopped onto the ring ropes and bellowed, "I'm a f***ing monster!"
It was a career first for Bellows, who had previously never been knocked out during his 29 professional fights.
Boxing journalist Dan Rafael tweeted: "Holy s**t! Berlanga does it again! 15-0 now, all by KO1! Also cut Bellows over left eye. Bellows has never been stopped. That said that was a very fast stoppage. But Berlanga hurt him. The power is sick."
Boxing legend Mike Tyson tweeted: "Berlanga looked sensational tonight but he will be at his best when he can knock a guy out like that in the 10th round like he did in the 1st round."
Four-time national champion and Olympic boxer Eric Kelly bluntly posted: "Edgar Berlanga is a bad motherf***er!"
Berlanga’s power is so real— Max Kellerman (@maxkellerman) October 18, 2020
Berlanga is a tough man. A competitor with more movement and hand speed will pose a greater challenge IMO. #boxing— JeandraLeBeauf (@jeandralebeauf) October 18, 2020
BERLANGA is the future. Wow. 😳— Bishop Brigante (@BishopBrigante) October 18, 2020
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Berlanga said after the fight: "I could see with the first shot, I cut him open, and the look in his eyes, he didn't wanna be in there.
"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."
Originally published as 'F***ing monster': Prodigy's absurd KO