By Jon Uddin✏️
The crisis with the coronavirus hasn’t just halted a number of big fights that were being lined up, it has also brought the development of the new wave of prospects to a pause. Here we will look at a few of those young fighters that we have our eye on and where they currently stand in their progress.
Xander Zayas (4-0-0, 3KO)
From: San Juan, Puerto Rico🇵🇷
The highly touted 17 year old from San Juan, Puerto Rico, went 2-0 in 2019, winning both fights by first round knockout. So far in 2020 the 11 time Puerto Rican and U.S National Champion has fought twice, picking up a four round decision in January and a third round stoppage in February. The journey has just begun, but so far Zayas passes the eye test and it’s easy to forget he’s still a high school senior when you see the poise he displays in the ring.
Edgar Berlanga (13-0-0, 13KO)
From: Brooklyn, New York🇺🇸
The 22 year old Brooklyn based banger doesn’t like to waste time once the opening bell sounds. Berlanga brings a 100% knockout rate to the ring, and in 13 fights, none of his opponents have made it out of the first round. “The Chosen One” was last in action in December on the Crawford-Mean Machine undercard where he dropped Cesar Nunez three times with crippling left hooks to the body and his lethal chopping right hand, on his way to a TKO win with 14 seconds remaining in the opening round. The coronavirus halted what was to be Berlanga’s next bout on March 14th on the Stevenson-Marriaga undercard.
Diego Pachecho (9-0-0, 7KO)
From: South Central, Los Angeles🇺🇸
At just 19 Pachecho has already put nine pro fights under his belt, courtesy of a year in 2019 where he fought seven times ending six of them before the final bell. The South Central, Los Angeles native’s last fight against Oscar Riojas went the full six rounds but he completely dominated the 34 year old veteran behind his jab and right hand, sweeping the rounds on all three judges cards. The 6’4″ Pachecho is showing that he knows how to use his size in the ring and won’t get sloppy in search of a knockout, patiently setting up his work behind the jab.
Brandun Lee (19-0-0, 17KO)
From: Yuba City, California🇺🇸
The 20 year old Californian is showing that he has no problem balancing his life as a college student with his life as a professional fighter. Lee has put on very good performances on ShoBox, already picking up two wins in 2020 on Showtimes platform for rising prospects. Winning 15 of his 17 fights by knockout, Lee is showing that he is an exciting fighter with very good power, and has been honest in his self assessment, stating that he has to take his foot off the gas at times and not get reckless in search of the highlight reel knockout.
Gabriel Flores Jr (17-0-0, 6KO)
From: Stockton, California🇺🇸
The 19 year old from Stockton, California keeps racking up the wins, most recently picking up a eight round unanimous decision over Matt Conway on the undercard of the Fury-Wilder rematch. While there is plenty of skill there, it feels like he lets his man off the hook at times instead of going in for the kill. It would be nice to see another gear from Flores when it’s time to close the show.