Miguel Berchelt & Oscar Valdez Share Final Words Before Fight Night

Miguel Berchelt and Oscar Valdez had some last words before their highly-anticipated title showdown.

On Saturday night, February 20, Berchelt and Valdez will clash. Berchelt will be defending his WBC Super-Featherweight Championship. Valdez has held a world title at featherweight but this will be his first crack at a major championship in the 130-pound weight class.

During the final pre-fight press conference, Berchelt predicted an exciting fight and a successful title defense.

“I’m very happy to be here. I’ve been following Oscar since the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, since that was an opportunity I wanted for myself. I respect him. We know the quality of the opponent we have in front of us, but I’m here to get the win and {retain} my title.

“Styles make fights, and I believe my style and Oscar’s style will make for a great fight, so we’ll see what happens. I want to tell my fans not to miss this fight. This is going to be a great fight. I know what it’s taken me to get this title, and I’m sure I will defend this title successfully again.”

Valdez said that he knows Berchelt will be no easy task. At the same time, Valdez is willing to win the championship by any means necessary.

“This is a difficult fight. There’s a reason he’s holding that belt. He’s a great champion inside the ring and outside the ring. Nothing personal, but I want that belt. It’s a dream I’ve had ever since I was 8 years old, 9 years old. My idols have held it: Muhammad Ali, Mike Tyson, Julio Cesar Chavez, Erik Morales, Marco Antonio Barrera. They all held this belt, and that is something I’ve wanted to hold since I was a kid. This is my opportunity.

“Everywhere I go in Mexico, I get asked that question: ‘When are you and Berchelt going to fight?’ It would be an honor for me to show them a great fight with a warrior like Miguel Berchelt. This is my opportunity. I’m not going to go in there and not give it my all. I’m going to do whatever it takes. If I have to box, I’ll box. If I have to bang it and brawl it out, then I’m willing to do that, too.”

Berchelt vs. Valdez will air live on the major ESPN network and on FIGHT SPORTS in over 30 countries worldwide. Check your local listings for availability.

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