Berchelt On Valdez: ‘I Don’t Think He Should Be Trading Punches With Me’
Facing mandatory challengers and beating them with ease, Miguel Berchelt is ready for the next big fight of his career. Looking to put the entire featherweight division on notice, “The Scorpion” wants to strike while the iron is hot.
Berchelt (37-1) has not lost a bout since 2014. Beating Francisco Vargas for the WBC Super-Featherweight Title, the 28-year-old has defended it six times. A challenger that could propose a threat to him is Oscar Valdez. Is Berchelt worried about someone like Valdez, a former WBO Featherweight Champion, who has 21 wins via knockout?
“No, I think they will have to come up with a good strategy,” Berchelt stated to Top Rank. “It’s worth noting that Oscar has already suffered an injury on his jaw. If I’m not mistaken, it happened in his fight against Scott Quigg. He broke his jaw. That’s why I believe they are going to try to fight a smart fight. He is also moving up in weight, and I don’t think he should be trading punches with me.”
Starting his career in 2010, Berchelt became a boxer after an attempted stint at soccer. Valdez ended up being the one to represent Mexico, seeing how he was the highest-ranked boxer before they both went pro. The two have had different career paths, with Valdez becoming a bronze medalist in the World Amateur Championships and a silver medalist in the Pan American Games. While he has respect for Valdez, Berchelt believes it is his time to take over.
“Yes, of course I believe Oscar is a great fighter,” Berchelt went on to say. “I respect him a lot, but now we must face each other. I think Eddy Reynoso has come to add a lot of good things to his corner. He has also done a good job with Canelo Alvarez and Ryan Garcia. Now he is doing it with Oscar Valdez. It’s an excellent team, but on my side, I’m the champion and I also have a great trainer in Alfredo Caballero. It will be a great fight between Mexican fighters and Mexican trainers.”
The one thing that has stopped a fight between the two from happening is the coronavirus pandemic. Halting all events, the virus has delayed everything until at least the end of summer. While he waits, Berchelt has been using a stationary bike to stay in shape, while shadowboxing as best as he can. With limited resources, Berchelt continues to prepare.
While he waits for everything to blow over, Berchelt has ideas for big fights on his mind. Whether against Vasiliy Lomachenko or Gervonta Davis, Berchelt is up for anything. Valdez will always be on the mind, but unification bouts do sound enticing to him.
“Of course! I would love to,” said Berchelt. “JoJo Diaz was recently crowned as IBF champion. Also, Jamel Herring and Rene Alvarado. There are some great champions in the division, but right now, all I have on my mind is to face Oscar, be victorious on this seventh title defense, and after that, whoever comes, comes for Miguel Berchelt.”