Last Updated on 17 Sep 2021 1:35 pm (UK Time)
WBC Super Featherweight champion Miguel Berchelt is set to defend his crown against Ex-WBO Featherweight champion and mandatory challenger Oscar Valdez; February 20 on ESPN. Berchelt vs Valdez was meant to headline December 12 in the Top Rank 2020 final fight in the Bubble At The MGM Grand but Berchelt, unfortunately, caught Covid-19 and the fight had to be postponed.
This has been a long-planned fight as soon as Valdez moved up to Super Feather and one that has been eagerly anticipated by boxing fans as soon as it was confirmed on the Lomachenko Lopez Broadcast due to their clash of styles positively making for an all-action, unmissable fight. They were both born in and fight out of Mexico and practice the Mexican come-forward pressure fighting style.
Berchelt vs Valdez: Mexican War
Miguel Berchelt (37-1, 33 KOs) only has the one defeat in the paid ranks, back in 2014 and has not lost since. He is a devastating puncher and has won 15 of his last 16 fights by knockout (which has included 10 World and Interim title fights). He is considered by many as the #1 in the 130-pound division and rated by some as P4P.
Berchelt Picked up the WBC Strap as an underdog with an 11th-round Knockout of Francisco Vargas in 2017. He has made 6 defences to date against fringe world level opposition which included a rematch with Vargas who he stopped in six and former world champions Takashi Miura, Miguel Roman and American Jason Sosa.
He now takes the biggest challenge of his championship reign and boxing career against undefeated world champion Oscar Valdez. Team Berchelt feel a huge factor will be the size difference with Valdez moving up from 126 and are confident that he won’t have the punch resistance and strength to deal with the heavy-handed ruthless Berchelt.
If Berchelt can come through Berchelt vs Valdez with the victory then he must unify next or have a big fight. There are talks of Vasyl Lomachenko moving down to 130 due to him not being able to get a rematch with Lopez. That would be a big fight, or he could face off against 4-division champion Leo Santa Cruz in another All-Mexican blockbuster. Additionally, WBO Champion Herring is also signed to TR.
Oscar Valdez compiled a 19-0 record as well as the World Boxing Organisation NABO Feather Title before he reached a #1 ranking with the WBO and was subsequently ordered to face #2 Matias Carlos Adrian Rueda (26-0) for the vacant title. He impressed against the little-known Argentinian and got a quick second-round TKO.
Valdez went on to make 6 defences of his WBO Featherweight Title, boxing the elite opposition that the 126-pound division had to offer including fighting through a broken jaw to secure a victory in his bout against Scott Quigg. Valdez faced his toughest test in the form of 29-0 Genesis Servania who knocked Valdez down in the fourth and was very competitive throughout.
After struggling to make the 126-pound weight limit, Valdez announced that he was moving up to 130 and eyeing a belt in a second weight class. He made his 130-pound debut against late-replacement Adam Lopez (13-1) who proved to be a huge problem for Valdez early with him flooring Valdez in the second and ahead on one judges scorecard through 6 rounds.
Valdez became the first fighter to stop Jayson Velez in July in the Bubble but he could not do so without problems which proved that Valdez struggled against the size and power at 130. He was yet to adjust, giving away rounds and being countered by Velez. This makes Valdez a large underdog in many peoples eyes due to the power of Berchelt and Valdez being easily floored by a late-replacement opponent.
Berchelt vs Valdez FOTY Potential: February 20 on ESPN