This Saturday February 20 Miguel “Alacrán” Berchelt (37-1, 33 KOs) to defend his WBC super featherweight title against former featherweight champion Oscar Valdez (28-0, 22 KOs) in an extremely attractive match.
Time and Channel Alacrán Berchelt vs Óscar Valdez
Campus: The Bubble, MGM Grand, Las Vegas
Time: 7:00 pm PT / 10:00 pm ET in the United States. 9:00 pm in Mexico.
Channel: Space in Latin America. Azteca 7 in Mexico. ESPN in the United States.
Miguel ‘Alacrán’ Berchelt vs Óscar Valdez LIVE
Berchelt won the WBC title with a KO victory over Francisco Vargas in 2017 and has defended it six times, knocking out all but one opponent. As the longest-serving reigning super featherweight champion, he has established himself as one of the best fighters in the division. Valdez he was an outstanding amateur who represented Mexico twice at the Olympics and was a bronze medalist at the 2009 world championships. In the pros he reigned as the WBO featherweight champion for three years, although the belt was vacant when he won it and he faced some relatively weak challengers. He moved up to super featherweight after six defenses and fought Adam Lopez. Lopez dropped him and was saved from a tough fight by a ridiculously early KO in the seventh round.
The fight should be good, with both fighters doing their best work on the inside and with very good left hooks. Berchelt he’s big for the weight class, one of their biggest hitters, and has an excellent chin. He’s not the best coach out there and that might be something to be exploited by a skilled boxer, but his chin and physique thus far have allowed him to get into even fighters who were successful with that approach. Valdez He hasn’t shown any penchant for that kind of fight anyway and he’s probably going to find it on the inside. It should give him some work there, but hopefully he’ll succumb to the gap in power and size somewhere between the middle and late rounds.
In the main event, the 20-year-old prospect Gabriel Flores Jr (19-0, 6 KOs) faces the goalkeeper Jayson velez (29-7-1, 21 KOs). Flores is an outside fighter with fast hands and fluid combos. However, he is not particularly efficient with his punches. He hits his opponent’s guard a lot and relies on volume and athleticism to rack up rounds. That should be enough to surpass the old man VelezBut combined with his lack of power, these issues could prevent him from reaching the highest levels of the sport.
The most notable fight on the card involves the Olympic silver medalist Dodge Falcao (27-0, 19 KOs), facing two-time title challenger Artur Akarov (20-3, 9 KOs) at middleweight. Hopefully a victory here prepares Falcao for bigger fights. He’s been a pro for seven years without facing anyone really noteworthy for someone of his amateur pedigree, and at 31 the clock is ticking at its best.