Outcomes and highlights: Edgar Berlanga’s knockout streak ends, wins vast choice over Demond Nicholson

Edgar Berlanga not solely went to his first second spherical as knowledgeable, however he went the complete distance for the primary time.

Berlanga’s run of 16 straight first spherical knockouts to start out his profession got here to an finish, as a tricky and sport Demond Nicholson proved precisely the step up veteran opponent many felt the Puerto Rican prospect wanted. Berlanga scored 4 official knockdowns of Nicholson, however went the complete eight-round distance.

Official scores had been 79-68, 79-69, and 79-69. Unhealthy Left Hook scored the struggle 79-69 on two separate unofficial rating playing cards, as effectively.

Berlanga (17-0, 16 KO) actually didn’t press in any respect for the KO within the first spherical, seeming like he was blissful to take it if it got here to him, however not taking pictures for it. When the bell sounded to finish the spherical, Berlanga motioned to the gang to chill out — he was in management. It felt, in a manner, like perhaps Berlanga was blissful sufficient to not have to speak in regards to the streak anymore.

From there, Berlanga began opening up some extra. He scored official knockdowns within the second, third, and fifth rounds, however all had been considerably questionable calls by the referee. Much less questionable was a knockdown late within the eighth and remaining spherical, that one was for actual, and it was maybe a sign that Berlanga — who did tire some in his first struggle of any size as a professional — will carry his energy later into fights.

All in all, the struggle achieved a number of issues. It ended the streak, which may be for the most effective basically. It gave Berlanga priceless, helpful expertise towards a man in Nicholson (23-4-1, 20 KO) who didn’t come to get run over by any means, and had a plan he did his finest to execute. And it was additionally reminder: Berlanga is a very good prospect on the very least, however he stays a prospect, fully a piece in progress with an extended solution to go.

Berlanga gave himself a grade of “C” for the win.

“I might have completed loads higher, there have been issues I ought to have did, however we received the job completed,” Berlanga mentioned after the win. “(Coach Andre Rozier) was telling me to throw the jab and throw physique pictures. However I didn’t observe directions so he needed to give me push-ups (after the struggle).”

Requested what he wished subsequent, Berlanga as common made no huge call-outs.

“I simply proceed to get expertise, coaching onerous, and keep within the health club. I would like my endurance within the ring to get higher and higher. It was an superior expertise in entrance of my folks, Puerto Rico is right here!”

  • Josue Vargas UD-10 Willie Shaw: Shaw had some moments right here, within the first and fifth rounds primarily, however when Vargas (19-1, 9 KO) didn’t attempt to do an excessive amount of and stayed on the proper vary and didn’t make huge tactical errors, it was fairly clearly his struggle, and the 98-92, 99-91, and 99-91 scores rightly mirrored that. BLH additionally had it 98-92 for Vargas, who’s 22 and nonetheless getting type of combined reactions at occasions, however clearly a gifted younger junior welterweight, too. Shaw (13-3, 9 KO) continues to be a good take a look at for younger fighters, and he’s received sufficient energy in his proper hand that one in every of these nights, one in every of them may make the fallacious mistake.
  • Joseph Adorno D-8 Jamaine Ortiz: I appreciated this matchup loads coming in, two unbeaten guys with one thing to show, Adorno coming off of a draw and a few weight points final yr, Ortiz a man who’s fought totally on smaller playing cards with out highlight. However this was even higher than I anticipated. Great struggle, an eight-round warfare. Ortiz (14-0-1, 8 KO) was the higher fighter right here total, out-worked Adorno (14-0-2, 12 KO), way more constant, however Adorno scored knockdowns within the second and seventh rounds, and that tipped it again even. I had it 76-74 Ortiz ultimately, which is how one choose noticed it, however the two 75-75 scores that made it a draw had been completely honest; loads most likely relies upon the way you scored the shut fourth spherical. I nicked it to Ortiz. For those who missed this one, watch it. It’s additionally one other argument for matching prospects towards different prospects.
  • Orlando Gonzalez UD-8 Juan Antonio Lopez: Good TV right here, good struggle to look at. Motion all through, no loopy drama however no lulls, both. Gonzalez (17-0, 10 KO) could also be a bit low ceiling (that’s my opinion), however the 25-year-old southpaw featherweight is an effective fighter, and he warmed properly to this one. Lopez (15-9, 6 KO) positively got here to win, however Gonzalez had the steadier work and landed some good pictures. Lopez, 27, was robust as hell, and whereas this isn’t precisely going to go down within the Mexico vs Puerto Rico e book of legendary fights, it was one, very spirited.
  • Xander Zayas TKO-1 Demarcus Layton: Zayas (8-0, 6 KO) is an 18-year-old Puerto Rican welterweight, tall child at 147 as he’s 5’10”, confronted a good taller man within the 6’2” Layton right here. Zayas went proper at him, and Layton was there to struggle, however Zayas damage him on a left hook after which closed the present in 56 seconds. Layton (8-2-1, 5 KO) didn’t just like the stoppage, he’d gotten up from being dropped, however it wasn’t a nasty name. Zayas is a younger fighter who has some buzz, High Rank clearly like him loads, and he’s turn out to be a crowd favourite in Kissimmee, the place he fought a pair occasions final fall on non-TR playing cards to remain busy with out having to do the Vegas bubble, since he’s from Florida.
  • Jeremy Adorno MD-4 Ramiro Martinez: Good struggle right here, scores had been 38-38, 39-37, and 40-36, and I feel all had been honest. I had it 40-36 for Adorno, however Martinez positively had an argument within the fourth and will have had one within the second or third, too. He caught Adorno nearly each spherical a minimum of somewhat bit, however Adorno (5-0, 1 KO) was sooner and sharper, and possibly provided himself as much as be hit a bit greater than he wanted. Martine (2-1-2, 1 KO) is admittedly not a nasty fighter in any respect, 22 years outdated and you’ll see there’s potential there, one thing coach might work with; I wager we see him once more.
  • Jaycob Gomez KO-1 Mobley Villegas: An absolute wipeout right here, because the 19-year-old Puerto Rican southpaw Gomez, a junior light-weight, goes to 2-0 (2 KO) by placing Villegas (3-2, 2 KO) away in 2:38. Gomez got here out firing on this one and simply overwhelmed his 28-year-old opponent. Villegas went down twice and took the ten depend the second time, completely out of something close to a solution for Gomez’s assault.
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