Jeremiah Nakathila Ruins Miguel Berchelt’s Lightweight Debut, Stops Former Champion In Sixth Round
Miguel Berchelt’s lightweight debut didn’t go as he had hoped.
Jeremiah Nakathila (23-2, 19 KOs) had chipped away at former WBC junior lightweight champion Miguel Berchelt (38-3, 34 KOs), forcing him into a corner retirement in the sixth round.
“I was going to knock him out or put him to sleep in a bad way,” Nakathila told ESPN.
“I know what I have. I knew it would be difficult for him to reach the 10th round. It wasn’t so easy, but I made it look easy.”
In the opening rounds, some fans said that it was clear that Berchelt was not in the same dominant form as before. In the third round, Nakathila landed a jab that floored Berchelt to the canvas.
Berchelt was unable to catch up the rest of the fight.
A right-handed haymaker sent Berchelt’s mouthpiece flying across the ring in the sixth round, which halted the fight for a moment. But when the fight resumed, Nakathila continued his attacks, making Berchelt unstable.
Referee Russell Mora then waived off the fight on advice of a ringside doctor. Nakathila was in a lopsided lead, 60-53, on all three scorecards and winning every round.
“I’m a little bit surprised. Thought I was in condition to continue, but the referee decided to stop the fight,” Berchelt said through a translator.
“He’s the ultimate authority. I have to respect that, but I wanted to continue.”
Nakathila connected on 38 punches in that round, which was 12 more than he did in a shutout defeat to Shakur Stevenson in June.
Saturday marked Berchelt’s second consecutive loss after a devastating knockout by Oscar Valdez in February 2021, where he lost his WBC world super featherweight title belt.