Miguel Berchelt/Photo courtesy of BoxRec.com
Miguel Berchelt of Mexico in January realized a dream when he knocked out Francisco Vargas in the 11th round to take Vargas’ super featherweight world title at Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio.
Berchelt (31-1, 28 KOs) on Saturday will make his first defense when he takes on Takashi Miura of Japan in the main event at the Fabulous Forum in Inglewood (on HBO). Miura (31-3-2, 24 KOs) is a former champion who lost his belt to Vargas in November 2015.
“I consider myself a world champion and fighting Takashi Miura is a way to prove that I am the best in my class,” Berchelt said. “Some of my advantages include my height, the fact that I haven’t been in many wars, and my youth.
“I have a youthful hunger that makes the difference between the two of us. It’s cool to know that I am facing the best in my division – I was able to get through Francisco Vargas, so I know that I can take on Miura.”