Edgar Berlanga

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How far can this kid go? I've been watching him for a while, and he shows a lot of promise. Obviously he hasn't been tested yet, but he has power in both hands, and has decent technique, and good temperament, composure and work ethic. The only qualms I have about him are a slightly lax defence that may be exploited by better fighters as he steps up, and a possible lack of real speed. It's probably nitpicking a bit to say that , but I do have some doubts about how he might fare against the quicker fighters in the division, as he seems a bit one-paced at times (although it's hard to tell until he gets more rounds). That said, he has dispatched all of his opponents in very impressive fashion, and he has the kind of power that will give real problems to just about anyone. Still only 22, he is a very exciting prospect. Catch him on the Crawford/Commey/Lopez undercard tonight.
 
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Yet another first round finish for Berlanga. The Spaniard was not in his class, though, and made it easy for Berlanga by bulling forward and making a prime target of his face. Time for a step up though,.Maybe a bit early to take on some one like Feigenbutz, but I coud see Edgar taking him on within a year. Won't learn much from this level of opponent, especially if he keeps stopping them in one.
 
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I agree that he's a massively exciting prospect. Win or lose, he should be a blast fo follow.

A lot will depend on his trainer, and on his willingness to learn.
 
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MGZ, the Spanish company that promotes Cesar Nunez who lost to Mr. Berlanga this weekend, has tonight posted this video on twitter. It clearly shows how Berlanga hits Nunez in the neck and/or back of the head, to win on TKO. They question how the referee Mike Ortega could allow Berlanga to punch like this, putting their fighter's health at great risk. As Berlanga is changing the direction of his punch, from being more like a left hook towards being more of a downward punch towards Nunez's neck and back of the head, it looks like an intentional rabbit punch. This is a dangerous boxer. He should have stopped his punch or continued the hook above Nunez's head rather than punching downwards towards the neck. I see no excuses here.

 
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Just saw that, and it didn't look good. I hope that Berlanga learns from it, and doesn't try anything like that again. The ref has to take more responsibity as well. I wouldn't want to see Berlanga being hounded about it, because I've seen more experienced boxers getting away with worse, sometimes on multiple occasions, but I hope he gets that type of thing out of his game.
 
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Nope.

No one hates rabbit punches more than me. I'm constantly complaining about them, when it's appropriate. (& I'm talking to YOU Fillip Hrgovic!) but this wasn't intentional.

In fact, Nunez corner should be asking why their man doesn't routinely get penalized for ducking below the belt line, as he clearly did here. Berlanga had no choice but to modify he tragectory to follow Nunez' head down, and when a fighter goes that low, it always exposes the back of his head.

Which is the main reason that ducking below the beltline is against the rules.
 
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The next stop on the Edgar Berlanga roadshow coming up on Tuesday night, on the undercard of Valdez v Velez in Vegas, with an 8 rounder aginst 29-year-old Eric Moon. If you've been following this young super middleweight, you'll have a good idea what to expect. Sooner or later Berlanga is going to come up against an opponent who can withstand his thudding, two handed assault and give him a proper test. And, although Moon (from the little I've seen of him) is a decent technician with reasonably good movement and a pretty good jab, and easily the best boxer Edgar has faced so far, I don't think he is going to be the man to do it. Moon is a good boxer when in his comfort zone, with some impressive wins in his first few fights, but as soon as he comes up against a quick fighter with power, he seems to freeze. His only stoppage derfeat was against Meiriim Nursultanov, who seemed to catch him cold, either that or Moon was fazed by the Kazak's power. Either way. it's not an encouraging sign to be going into a fight with a fighter as explosive as Berlanga. Will Berlanga notch up an incredible 14 1st round KO's? Or will Moon give him something to think about? I think Berlanga will stop Moon early. Whether he can do it in one again remains to be seen. But, as usual, it will be fun finding out.
 
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I'm hopeful that Eric Moon can give Berlanga a decent workout tonight. Moon is a pretty good boxer, unlike any of Berlanga's previous opponents, and he's a full blown super-middleweight. I still think Berlanga will stop him, but hopefully he wll ask some questions. The string of 1st round KO's looks good on paper, but that level of opponent won't teach him anything. He needs more rounds, and Moon is a decent step up at this stage.
 
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Another quick night for Berlanga. I actually hoped Moon would give him a few rounds, but that temple shot scrambled his brain. He doesn't even seem to be trying that hard either. I'd give him Feigenbutz next, if it can be made with travel restrictions etc.
 

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14 first rounders in a row is quite an achievement but we won't know how good this guy is until some traffic starts coming back the other way.
 
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Impressive again from Berlanga, but I was a bit disappointed in Eric Moon. He has a decent jab and pretty good range of punches, but he didn't give himself the chance to use them. I noted above that he has a tendency to freeze when confronted with a powerful opponent. And that is what happened. Moon has a bit of a rep for hanging on the ropes too long with the muffs up, hoping to absorb his opponent's blows and come back with quick counters. This approach did not work against Nursultanov and was never going to be a good idea aginst Berlanga. A smarter and more durable opponent will be required for Berlanga next time.