Miguel Berchelt Could Be Making A Major Change
Miguel Berchelt may be undergoing a significant change soon.
On February 20, Berchelt put the WBC Super-Featherweight Championship on the line against Oscar Valdez. Berchelt was the favorite going into the bout but many weren’t overlooking the undefeated Valdez. The main concern was Valdez’s growing pains training under the renowned Eddy Reynoso. Those initial missteps are in the past as Valdez delivered a scintillating knockout to capture the WBC gold.
Berchelt recently spoke to ESPN Deportes and discussed what could be next for his fighting future. It appears a move up to the lightweight division could be in order.
“No, it was not my night, we must not demerit the work that my rival, Oscar, did. He made a great fight, made a great preparation, and well the result is there. The truth is that it was already hard for me to [cut down to super-featherweight] a lot. I don’t want to make excuses because at the end of the day I think there are none in boxing. It was not my night, it was not my best version, the truth is that I did not feel fast as on other nights. It may be that the weight affected me, maybe [a move to lightweight is very close]. Well, [I’ll] sit down with our team and see what is best for me, what is best for Miguel Berchelt.”
Before suffering the loss to Valdez, Berchelt hadn’t been defeated since March 2014. He won 16 bouts in a row and it would’ve been 17 had the Mexico City Boxing Commission sanctioned his bout with Eleazer Valenzuela.
At the age of 29, Berchelt is hoping it’s not too late to find success in another weight class. The most talked-about names at lightweight are Teofimo Lopez, Gervonta Davis, Ryan Garcia, and Devin Haney. Time will tell what Berchelt ultimately decides to do.