Miguel Berchelt to shelter WBC junior lightweight title against Oscar Valdez on February 20
The anticipated showdown between WBC junior light-weight titleholder Miguel Berchelt and Oscar Valdez will take area on February 20, true Rank’s Carl Moretti proven to The Ring Monday night.
Yahoo sports’ Kevin Iole turned into the first to file the combat.
The 12-circular bout will likely take place on the MGM Grand convention middle in Las Vegas, Nevada, where excellent Rank has promoted cards all over the COVID-19 pandemic, and may air live on an ESPN platform.
The conflict between the two boxer-punchers from Mexico is one of the enormously-expected fights within the sport. each combatants throw a excessive quantity of punches and their styles compliment one yet another within the ring.
The all-Mexico clash was scheduled to take place this previous Saturday evening, however turned into postponed early last month after Berchelt proven tremendous for COVID-19. based on ESPN’s Salvador Rodriguez, Berchelt had taken a weekly look at various for COVID-19 right through October as protocol for the upcoming Valdez battle. Berchelt, who is co-promoted by using accurate Rank and Zanfer Promotions, had been in quarantine due to the fact testing high-quality.
Berchelt (37-1 1 NC, 33 knockouts), who resides in Merida, Mexico and is ranked No. 1 by means of The Ring, is scheduled to make the seventh defense of the WBC title against Valdez. In his final bout on June 27, the 28-yr-historical stopped journeyman Eleazar Valenzuela in round 6 in Mexico city. when you consider that there turned into no commission existing at ringside that evening because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the fight was later ruled a no-contest.
Valdez (28-0, 22 KOs) stopped Jayson Velez of Puerto Rico in circular 10 of his remaining bout on July 21, which took region in Las Vegas. the former WBO featherweight titleholder from Nogales, Mexico has now stopped three of his ultimate 4 opponents.
For the remaining two years, the 29-12 months-old Valdez has utilized the services of trainer Eddy Reynoso, who also trains Ring journal middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez, heavyweight fighters Andy Ruiz and Frank Sanchez, WBC junior featherweight titleholder Luis Nery and unbeaten lightweight Ryan Garcia.
Valdez is also promoted by means of right Rank and is managed with the aid of Frank Espinoza.
proper Rank promoter Bob Arum has stated in old interviews he would like the Berchelt-Valdez combat to take area earlier than a crowd, however having the fight take vicinity inner a bubble in Las Vegas is the most secure option for now.
Francisco A. Salazar has written for The Ring seeing that October of 2013 and has lined boxing in Southern California and abroad in view that 2000. Francisco additionally covers boxing for the Ventura County (Calif.) star newspaper. He can also be reached by e-mail at [email protected] or on Twitter at FSalazarBoxing