It will likely take you longer to read this Prospect of the Month piece than it took our actual prospect of the month to take apart his latest opponent. We have been cautiously optimistic with Edgar “The Chosen One” Berlanga of Brooklyn, NY. His power and physical strength are unquestionable. We just have been a bit concerned about his level of competition and how he would respond when pushed deep into a fight, which will eventually happen. However, in his last performance against a real opponent, Ulises Sierra, who had never been stopped and had just gone the distance with highly touted and undefeated prospect Vladimir Shishkin, Berlanga again disposed of his rugged opponent in under one round to run his record to 16-0 (16) and continue his first round knockout streak to 16 straight. Which gets him our Prospect of the Month award and within three of the all-time record to start a career.
Sierra was supposed to make it out of the first round and perhaps linger into the later rounds do something no one else has been able to do, give the Brooklynite phenome some rounds. Andre Ward and Tim Bradley and the Top Rank cheerleaders predicted this would end the streak. Immediately that looked like a bad prediction from the Top Rank Crew as a mean left hook staggered Sierra just seconds into the fight. A minute later three massive right hands put Sierra down for a first time. Moments later a barrage of power shots nearly put the overmatched Sierra threw the the ropes for the second knockdown. With the seconds ticking away in the opening stanza a right hand followed by a left hook dropped a defenseless Sierra for a third and final time bringing in the referee to waive off the bout and extend the power punching Puerto Ricans streak to 16 consecutive first round knockouts to open up his young career.
There’s nothing fundamentally wrong with “The Chosen One” incredible knockout streak. However, it’s no guarantee for success either. The hallowed record he is chasing after is held by Philly tough guy Tyrone Brunson, who started his career with 19 first-round stoppages. Brunson has had a decent career making a living. He was active as of late 2019 and is still just 35. However he clearly was never a star, never a world champion, never really a contender either. Brunson sports a record of 28-8-2 and in his first step up fight got stopped by Carson Jones. Berlanga looks to be more than a big strong knockout artist, he seems to have a real skill for a puncher. That may be tested later in 2021 against fellow Puerto Rican Gabe Rosado, a massive leap up and tough guy that almost certainly won’t get knocked out in the first round but could certainly beat Berlanga. He arguably just beat Danny Jacobs. If Berlanga is the least amount hype over substance he will lose to Rosado. Conversely, if he is substance over hype a win could propel him to an immediate world title fight.