Berchelt vs. Miura—Good For What’s Ailed Us

By Marc Livitz on July 11, 2017
Berchelt vs. Miura—Good For What’s Ailed Us
Miguel Berchelt now has the chance to top both Vargas and Miura in the same year.

The Fabulous Forum in Inglewood will play host to an HBO televised clash of rough and rugged combatants…

If last month’s wild and wacky ending to the rematch between Andre Ward and Sergey Kovalev pay TV card gave us anything at all other than low blows and shots after the bell, then it has to be the advertising for this Saturday’s night of fights in Los Angeles. A true theater of dreams in its own right, The Fabulous Forum in Inglewood will play host to an HBO televised clash of rough and rugged combatants who love to fly the leather. The evening’s co-main event will showcase the talents of Joe Smith, Jr. and Sullivan Barrera as they tussle for Smith’s WBC International light heavyweight title.

Smith of course may indeed know the Forum quite well, for it was in this venue that the Long Island, New York native abruptly ended the career of the legendary Bernard Hopkins last December. Joe (23-1, 19 KO’s) was ahead on two of the three scorecards being kept by the judges at ringside when he knocked “The Alien” out of the ring en route to a TKO win in the eighth round. His one defeat was nearly seven years ago and he’ll find a man whose lone loss in his career was to Andre Ward in March 2016. Barrera (19-1, 14 KO’s, Miami by way of Cuba) will hopefully bring enough action to Smith in preparation for the night’s main event.

The last fight of the evening can be one which beckons for the Excedrin. At stake is the WBC super featherweight world championship held by Miguel “El Alacran” Berchelt (31-1, 28 KO’s) of Yucatán state in Mexico. In the opposite corner will be Takashi Miura (31-3-2, 24 KO’s) of Tokyo. Formalities aside because this is about as formal as the main event will be. Each man has fought almost exclusively in his respective home nation, yet it was Miura who took part in Ring Magazine’s “Fight of the Year” in 2015 when he battled Francisco Vargas in Las Vegas.

He ultimately lost via a ninth round TKO, however the WBC super featherweight championship (held by Vargas at the time) which took place at the Mandalay Bay Event Center in on November 21, 2015 was easily a case when the evening’s main event easily paled by comparison. The attraction that night was Canelo Alvarez facing Miguel Cotto. This was in some ways just like when Van Halen played Black Sabbath off the stage in the late 70’s as their opening act.

Berchelt now has the chance to top both Vargas and Miura in the same year. “El Alacran” (The Scorpion) knocked out Francisco Vargas this past January in Indio, California in the eleventh round shortly after Miura knocked out Miguel Roman in the eleventh as part of the evening’s co-main event. So, here we are. All signs point to this clash potentially having just what boxing fans need after a few weekends of skullduggery. Twenty-five-year-old Berchelt’s record boasts a ninety percent knockout rating while Miura’s (age 33) holds steady at 77.

They come from opposite sides of the Earth, yet they’ll be ready to collide in Los Angeles on Saturday. The language barrier won’t matter at all. As local legend goes in the Yucatán peninsula, The Maya were unable to communicate with the Spanish Conquistadors when they first met nearly five hundred years ago. The very word “Yucatán” is said by some to have been uttered to the visitors from Europe, which simply meant, “I cannot understand you.” Before we throw another indictment upon what transpired at the hands of the Spaniards, remember that story. Berchelt and Miura won’t have any trouble getting the other one to understand his intentions once the bell rings. This gives new meaning to talking with the hands.

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  1. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo aka Gimpel 12:26pm, 07/11/2017

    Not to worry….these guys will not disappoint….unlike others whose stock in trade is nullifying, disappointing, and above all making sure that a real fight doesn’t break out.

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