Miguel Berchelt

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Miguel Berchelt
Real name Miguel Ángel Berchelt Cervera
Nickname(s) El Alacrán ("The Scorpion")
Weight(s) Super featherweight
Height 5 ft. 7 in. (170 cm.)
Reach 71 in (180 cm)
Nationality Mexican
Born (1991-11-17) November 17, 1991 (age 26)
Cancún, Quintana Roo, Mexico
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 35
Wins 34
Wins by KO 30
Losses 1

Miguel Ángel Berchelt Cervera (born November 17, 1991) is a Mexican professional boxer who has held the WBC super featherweight title since January 2017. As of September 2018, he is ranked as the world's best super featherweight by the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board[1], The Ring Magazine[2] and Boxrec.[3] He is also ranked the world's tenth best active pound for pound boxer by Boxrec.[4]

Amateur career[edit]

Berchelt tried out at the age of 16 for the football club he supported as a child, Pumas UNAM. He turned to boxing after being rejected.[5] During his amateur career, he was a three-time Mexican National Boxing Champion in the Elite category. Berchelt never represented his country internationally as Óscar Valdez was the highest-ranked boxer in the featherweight division at the time. The two never faced each other as amateurs.[6]

Professional career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Berchelt turned pro at the age of 18, moving from his native Cancún to Mérida. He debuted on his 19th birthday, defeating Armin Chan by way of technical knockout in the 2nd round. Berchelt lived in a single room above a gym with six other boxers during this time.[6] He was considered the boxer of the year in 2011 by the World Boxing Council.[7] He amassed a 15-0 record with 13 knockouts before getting his first chance to compete for a belt in September 2012. Berchelt defeated Berman Sánchez for the WBC Youth Intercontinental super featherweight by technical knockout after 2 rounds. Berchelt made his US debut in March 2013 beating Claudio Ríos by TKO in the first round in the undercard of Ríos-Alvarado II at the Mandalay Bay. Berchelt's career suffered a surprising setback when he was knocked out in just one round by Luis Eduardo Flores. Berchelt struggled getting inside the range of his taller opponent. He was knocked down by a left hook and struggled to beat the count before the referee waved the fight off.[8]

However, Berchelt would get his career back on track by rattling off seven consecutive wins by way of knockout and winning the NABO super featherweight title. Berchelt first fought for a world title by facing George Jupp for the vacant interim WBO super featherweight. Berchelt won the title, defeating Jupp with a round 6 TKO in Mérida, his adopted hometown. Jupp was outmatched, having taken the fight at seven days' notice.[9] Berchelt defended his title against Chonlatarn Piriyapinyo before vacating it to challenge WBC champion Francisco Vargas.

WBC super featherweight champion[edit]

Berchelt vs. Vargas[edit]

On December 2, 2016 it was announced that Berchelt and Vargas would meet on January 29, 2017 at the Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio, California for the Vargas' WBC title.[10] Vargas and Berchelt traded punches in the early rounds, with cuts from Vargas' previous fights with Takashi Miura and Orlando Salido re-opening. On the latter rounds, Vargas started to slowly fade and Berchelt started to dominate the defending champion. The referee stopped the fight with 2:19 minutes elapsed in the round 11. According to CompuBox Stats, Vargas landed 330 of 1032 punches thrown (32%) and Berchelt landed 430 of his 947 thrown (45%). Vargas stated he lost the fight due to cuts and would eventually want a rematch.[11][12][13]

Initial defences[edit]

Berchelt's first defense came on July 15 at The Forum in Inglewood, California against former WBC super featherweight champion Takashi Miura. Miura lost his title to Vargas in The Ring's 2015 Fight of the year. Miura had defeated Miguel Román in the Vargas vs. Berchelt undercard to become the WBC's mandatory challenger. Berchelt knocked down Miura in the first round and proceeded to out-point the former champion en route to a comfortable win by unanimous decision (120-109, 119-108, 116-111). This fight marked only the third time that a Berchelt bout went to the scorecards. Miura announced his retirement 2 weeks after this bout.[14]

In October 2017, it was announced that Berchelt would close out the year by defending his title against Orlando Salido.[15] On October 14, Sean Gibbons, Salido's manager, told the LA Times that the fight had been finalized to take place on December 9, meaning it would fall on the same day as Vasyl Lomachenko vs. Guillermo Rigondeaux.[16] On October 23, sources indicated that Berchelt was still having issues with his right hand and would not be able to fight.[17] Berchelt was informed by the WBC that he would be allowed a voluntary defence before fighting the winner of Salido vs. Roman.[18]

On January 23, 2018 a deal was finalized for Berchelt to defend his WBC title against 31 year old Philippine boxer Carlo Magali (29-9-3, 12 KOs) on February 10 in Cancún, Mexico. Berchelt had not fought in front of his home fans since July 2011. Originally, Cristian Mijares was scheduled to challenge Berchelt, however a deal could not be reached.[19][20] A week before the fight, Magali was replaced by African boxer Maxwell Awuku (44-3-1, 30 KOs).[21][22] Berchelt dropped Awuku twice, winning the bout via TKO in round 3. The referee stopped the bout with 14 seconds remaining in the round. The first knockdown occurred following a straight right and then the second knockdown, which followed after Awuku beat the count, was from a hard jab. The fight was then stopped with Awuku pinned against the ropes receiving power shots.[23][24] The fight, which aired on TV Azteca in Mexico, was watched by 6 million viewers.

Berchelt vs. Barros[edit]

A couple days after defeating Awuku, it was reported that Berchelt would next fight his mandatory challenger Miguel Román (59-12, 46 KOs) in May 2018.[25] Roman's promoter Osvaldo Küchle was willing to go to purse bids. He revealed Zanfer Promotions made an offer, however it was not satisfactory. Küchle wanted to take the fight to a football stadium.[26] On March 19, Zanfer Promotions announced that Berchelt would make a voluntary defence in Mérida, before fighting Román later in the year.[27] Argentine boxer and former featherweight world champion Jonathan Victor Barros (41-5-1, 22 KOs) became the front runner to challenge Berchelt on June 23, 2018.[28] The deal was confirmed on May 25 for the fight to take place at the Poliforum Zamna with ESPN+ covering the fight in the United States. Barros was coming off a loss entering this bout following his failed world title challenge against then-IBF champion Lee Selby in July 2017 and at the time ranked #9 at featherweight by the WBC.[29] n an easy title defense, Berchelt defeated Barros via TKO in round 3, successfully retaining his WBC title a third time. Berchelt dropped Barros in round 2 with a left hand to the head. Barros beat the count, however spent the remainder of the bout taking heavy shots. He was dropped again in round 3. Barros' trainer stepped up on the apron advising the referee to stop the bout. Despite Barros beating the count again and wanting to continue, the referee stopped the fight 1:53 of round 3.[30][31] On the same night, mandatory challenger Miguel Román (60-12, 47 KOs) defeated then-undefeated Michel Marcano via stoppage in round 2. Prior to their respective bouts, the WBC ordered Berchelt vs. Roman to take place.[32]

Berchelt vs. Román[edit]

Whilst a deal was being finalized for the Berchelt-Román fight, it was said that HBO, who had showcased both boxers recent fights, would likely not broadcast the fight as there was interest from Showtime, ESPN+ and DAZN.[33] On August 24, it was announced that ESPN+ had picked up the fight, to take place on November 3, 2018 in either Los Angeles or Texas.[34] The Don Haskins Center in El Paso, Texas was later confirmed as the venue.[35]

Personal life[edit]

Berchelt was arrested in 2012 due to domestic violence.[36]

Professional boxing record[edit]

Professional record summary
35 fights 34 wins 1 loss
By knockout 30 1
By decision 3 0
By disqualification 1 0
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round Date Location Notes
36 N/A N/A Mexico Miguel Román N/A – (12) Nov 3, 2018 United States Don Haskins Center, El Paso, Texas, U.S. Defending WBC super featherweight title
35 Win 34–1 Argentina Jonathan Victor Barros TKO 3 (12), 1:53 Jun 23, 2018 Mexico Poliforum Zamna, Mérida, México Retained WBC super featherweight title
34 Win 33–1 Ghana Maxwell Awuku TKO 3 (12), 2:46 Feb 10, 2018 Mexico Grand Oasis Resort, Cancún, México Retained WBC super featherweight title
33 Win 32–1 Japan Takashi Miura UD 12 Jul 15, 2017 United States The Forum, Inglewood, California, U.S. Retained WBC super featherweight title
32 Win 31–1 Mexico Francisco Vargas KO 11 (12), 2:19 Jan 28, 2017 United States Fantasy Springs Casino, Indio, California, U.S. Won WBC super featherweight title
31 Win 30–1 Thailand Chonlatarn Piriyapinyo KO 4 (12), 2:59 Jul 16, 2016 Mexico Polideportivo Soraya Jiménez, Los Reyes La Paz, México Retained WBO interim super featherweight title
30 Win 29–1 United Kingdom George Jupp KO 6 (12), 1:55 Mar 12, 2016 Mexico Poliforum Zamna, Mérida, México Won WBO interim super featherweight title
29 Win 28–1 Panama Rolando Giono KO 3 (10), 1:50 Dec 19, 2015 Mexico Coliseo Yucatán, Mérida, México
28 Win 27–1 Nicaragua Josué Bendana TKO 5 (10), 1:34 Sep 26, 2015 Mexico Centro Convenciones, Puerto Peñasco, México
27 Win 26–1 Mexico Sergio Puente RTD 5 (10), 3:00 Jun 20, 2015 Mexico Palenque, Comitán, México
26 Win 25–1 Nicaragua René González RTD 5 (12), 3:00 Mar 28, 2015 Mexico Poliforum Zamna, Mérida, México Won vacant NABO super featherweight title
25 Win 24–1 Mexico Antonio Escalante TKO 3 (10) 2:36 Oct 11, 2014 Mexico Coliseo Yucatán, Mérida, México
24 Win 23–1 Dominican Republic Carlos Manuel Reyes KO 4 (10), 2:54 Jul 5, 2014 Mexico La Inalámbrica, Mérida, México
23 Win 22–1 Mexico Armando Mariscal KO 3 (10), 2:28 May 31, 2014 Mexico La Inalámbrica, Mérida, México
22 Loss 21–1 Colombia Luis Eduardo Florez TKO 1 (10), 1:39 Mar 15, 2014 Mexico Palenque, México
21 Win 21–0 Mexico Omar Estrella KO 5 (10) 2:51 Nov 2, 2013 Mexico Centro de Usos Múltiples, Hermosillo, México
20 Win 20–0 Mexico Cristóbal Cruz TKO 5 (10), 2:25 Aug 31, 2013 Mexico La Inalámbrica, Mérida, México
19 Win 19–0 Philippines Weng Haya TKO 2 (10), 2:57 Jun 22, 2013 Mexico La Inalámbrica, Mérida, México
18 Win 18–0 Puerto Rico Carlos Claudio TKO 1 (8), 1:58 Mar 30, 2013 United States Mandalay Bay Events Center, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
17 Win 17–0 Nicaragua Oliver Flores KO 2 (10), 2:49 Nov 9, 2012 Mexico La Inalámbrica, Mérida, México Retained WBC Youth Intercontinental super featherweight title
16 Win 16–0 Nicaragua Berman Sánchez TKO 2 (10), 0:57 Sep 7, 2012 Mexico La Inalámbrica, Mérida, México Won vacant WBC Youth Intercontinental super featherweight title
15 Win 15–0 Mexico Sergio López TKO 1 (10), 1:39 Jul 6, 2012 Mexico Unidad Deportiva Víctor Cervera, Mérida, México
14 Win 14–0 Mexico Carlos Ocampo UD 10 May 19, 2012 Mexico Arena TKT, Puerto Vallarta, México
13 Win 13–0 Mexico Albert Chuc TKO 1 (8), 1:16 Mar 31, 2012 Mexico Poliforum Zamna, Mérida, México
12 Win 12–0 Mexico Fernando Cruz KO 3 (8), 2:50 Dec 17, 2011 Mexico Arena Jorge Cuesy Serrano, Tuxtla Gutiérrez, México
11 Win 11–0 Mexico Cristian Palafox UD 6 Nov 26, 2011 Mexico Feria de Xmatkuil, Mérida, México
10 Win 10–0 Mexico Pablo Batres TKO 5 (6) Oct 29, 2011 Mexico Centro de Usos Múltiples, Hermosillo, México
9 Win 9–0 Mexico Miguel Ángel Chi DQ 5 (6), 2:17 Sep 10, 2011 Mexico Centro de Convenciones Siglo XXI, Mérida, México
8 Win 8–0 Mexico Israel Barrón TKO 2 (6) Aug 20, 2011 Mexico Valle de Guadalupe, México
7 Win 7–0 Mexico Ricardo Hernández TKO 2 (6), 2:07 Jul 26, 2011 Mexico Plaza de Toros, Cancún, México
6 Win 6–0 Mexico Freddy Hernández TKO 2 (6), 1:39 Jun 11, 2011 Mexico La Inalámbrica, Mérida, México
5 Win 5–0 Mexico Alfredo de los Santos TKO 3 (6), 1:16 Apr 2, 2011 Mexico Auditorio del Estado, Mexicali, México
4 Win 4–0 Mexico Aaron López TKO 1 (4), 2:30 Feb 2, 2011 Mexico Plaza de Toros, Mérida, México
3 Win 3–0 Mexico Jonathan Quime TKO 3 (4) Dec 18, 2010 Mexico Estadio 20 de Noviembre, Campeche, México
2 Win 2–0 Mexico Eduardo Arévalo TKO 1 (4), 0:52 Nov 27, 2010 Mexico Feria de Xmatkuil, Mérida, México
1 Win 1–0 Mexico Armin Chan TKO 1 (4), 1:26 Nov 17, 2010 Mexico Feria de Xmatkuil, Mérida, México

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External links[edit]

Title last held by
Orlando Salido
WBO super featherweight champion
Interim title

March 12, 2016 – November, 2016
Preceded by
Francisco Vargas
WBC super featherweight champion
January 28, 2017 - present