Juan Manuel Vazquez
La Jornada newspaper
Monday, February 22, 2021, p. two
“The one who lost Saturday night in Las Vegas was not Miguel Berchelt. Well, he was – corrects former champion Alfonso Zamora – but he seemed like a different boxer. The physical presence there was in the MGM bubble ring, there was no question, and yet it was as if the person who held his WBC super featherweight championship in six defenses was absent. “
In this way, Zamora tries to explain the incomprehensibility of the outcome of that fight, where Berchelt suffered throughout 10 episodes until he was brutally knocked out by the persistent left-hander and the impeccable work of Óscar Valdez.
I say it was not Berchelt because he seemed like a strange man, who moved strangely, says Zamora, who was attentive to the fight between Berchelt and Valdez because it was expected to be another chapter in the tradition of epic fights between Mexicans, like the one he starred in. in April 1977 before Carlos Zárate.
I can’t be sure, but I have suspicions that the Berchelt we saw in Las Vegas was reduced by the aftermath of the Covid that he suffered a few months ago, adds Zamora.
Miguel Berchelt canceled the fight scheduled for December 2020, since he fell ill with Covid and was bedridden for a couple of weeks. But the aftermath, according to the fighter himself, were very strong and he suffered them even when he resumed training for this evening. In the previous promotion he recognized that he would have liked to face Valdez later to have a better recovery.
It is not easy to return from the Covid, maintains Zamora; I caught it myself last year and although I did not have a very bad disease, some symptoms lasted a couple of months, such as headaches and nosebleeds. I can’t imagine how it can be in stronger cases.