Miguel Berchelt retains world title by defeating Miura in one sided affair

Miguel Berchelt retains world title by defeating Miura in one sided affair

By Danny Z | Senior Writer


INGLEWOOD, CALIFORNIA - In a matchup between Japan and Mexico for the WBC super featherweight world title, Miguel Berchelt gained the unanimous decision over Takashi Miura from the Fabulous Forum on the latest edition of HBO Boxing After Dark. 

Miura, just like Sullivan Barrera did in the opening night of the HBO card, was knocked down by a left cross from Berchelt, who won his first world title in an upset win over Francisco Vargas back in January of this year. Miura rose to his feet immediately and was able to finish the round without any type of visible problem. 

The second round saw more aggressiveness from Berchelt, as he possibly stole the round towards the final moments with a series of combinations that had the pro-Mexican crowd cheer out of their seats. Miura, who was coming into this bout off a knockout performance over Miguel Roman at the beginning of the year, found some success when he connected a straight left hand with Berchelt's face in the fifth. The 33-year-old Miura subsequently began throwing haymaker-like punches in hopes of connecting with a match-ending blow that would give him not only the victory, but another world title in his possession. 

While Berchelt, 25, was throwing more of the combination like shots, Miura mostly utilized his left hand in a single punch format. At times, Miura would use his jab in order to get inside to throw his left hand, but Berchelt kept his hands busy and attempted to derail the timing of the Japanese fighter. As the 12th and final round came, scores of 116-111, 119-108 and 120-109 were read -- all for Berchelt, who retained his WBC world title. After the bout, HBO's Max Kellerman asked Berchelt about possibly stepping into the ring with Vasyl Lomachenko, who some consider as one of the top pound-for-pound fighters in the world today.  

“I’m ready to fight the best. I beat Vargas, I beat Miura. I’m ready.”
— Miguel Berchelt

(Feature photo: Golden Boy Promotions - Hogan photos)

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