Berchelt: I Would Beat Lomachenko
Now that Miguel Berchelt he has beaten former champions Francisco Vargas and Takashi Miura in back-to-back bouts, Berchelt believes he has made a credible case for becoming the fighter to beat in a super featherweight division that includes WBO champion Vasyl Lomachenko and IBF champion Gervonta Davis.
“I feel like I’m the best [at 130 pounds],” Berchelt told BoxingScene.come through a translator. “I feel like I’m the champion. I’m starting to prove to my division that I’m the best. Winning this fight against Miura just goes to show that even more.”
Mexico’s Berchelt knocked down Miura in the first round Saturday night and went on to beat him convincingly in a 12-round title fight HBO broadcast from The Forum in Inglewood, California. Berchelt beat Miura by large margins on each of the three scorecards (120-109, 119-108, 116-111).
Mexico’s Vargas (23-1-2, 17 KOs) and Japan’s Miura (31-4-2, 24 KOs) were supposed to square off in a rematch of their 2015 “Fight of the Year,” but Berchelt beat both of them during a career-changing six-month stretch. He battered and bloodied Vargas en route to an 11th-round knockout victory January 28 in Indio, California.
The 25-year-old Berchelt (32-1, 28 KOs) probably is headed toward a partial unification fight against WBA champion Jezreel Corrales (22-1, 8 KOs, 1 NC), the Panamanian southpaw who beat Mexico’s Robinson Castellanos (24-13, 14 KOs) by technical decision on the Berchelt-Miura undercard Saturday night. If he conquers Corrales as well, Berchelt wants to prove himself against Lomachenko.
“I would love to go against Lomachenko,” Berchelt said. “I’m really dedicated to winning against the best.”
Ukraine’s Lomachenko (8-1, 6 KOs) is listed among the top five fighters in boxing on most credible pound-for-pound lists. The highly skilled southpaw is scheduled to battle Colombia’s Miguel Marriaga (25-2, 21 KOs) on August 5 at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles (ESPN).
A Berchelt-Lomachenko match might’ve been easier to make when Lomachenko’s fights were broadcast by HBO, but Berchelt remains hopeful he’ll get that opportunity.
“He’s a great fighter,” Berchelt said of Lomachenko. “He’s a champion. He was a great Olympic fighter, too. I don’t take anything away from his boxing ability. However, he does have a loss and that loss is against a Mexican. If I were to go up against him, I definitely would be able to beat him.”