Oscar Valdez Rules Out Miguel Berchelt Rematch
Newly-minted WBC Super-Featherweight Champion Oscar Valdez has no interest in a rematch with Miguel Berchelt.
Valdez delivered an early candidate for “Knockout of the Year” against Berchelt. Valdez was the challenger going into the bout and he put on quite the showing. Valdez scored two knockdowns before putting Berchelt to sleep in the 10th round.
Speaking to reporters after the fight, Valdez revealed why he is opposed to the idea of giving Berchelt a rematch (via BoxingScene.com).
“I would not like a rematch with Berchelt for a lot of reasons. One: I would like to keep the friendship we have; And two – I want unify or have mandatory fights and I think the public was satisfied [with our fight], because we made it clear that I am the superior fighter.
“I am here to fight against whoever they put in front of me. If the public demands another fight against Alacran Berchelt, then we’ll go ahead, but I think we made it clear. Whichever fighter that the public wants, I am willing to fight with whoever.”
With the victory over Berchelt, Valdez not only captured gold, but he also kept his perfect record intact. Valdez has a pro boxing record of 29-0 with 23 of those victories coming by way of knockout.
Time will tell what’s next for Valdez. Most would agree that the money fight would be against Shakur Stevenson, who is also undefeated. Stevenson has been critical of Valdez for not fighting him at 126 pounds. Now that both men competed at 130 pounds, it could leave the door open for this mega clash.
It also helps that both fighters are under Top Rank Boxing.