What’s Next For WBC Super-Featherweight Champion Miguel Berchelt?
When the United States was first hit with COVID-19, various sports entities halted any form of action. Boxing would return by the summer, with Top Rank producing shows in America first. Now, the promotion may be looking to take advantage of some open dates.
Recently, the Big Ten and the Pac-12 stated that no football will be played this season. Other college football entities are looking to see what the best strategy is for them. Top Rank’s Bob Arum recently told The Athletic’s Lance Pugmire that boxing may be looking to fill the vacancy college football will be leaving behind.
Along with a potential Terence Crawford bout, Arum is looking to book Miguel Berchelt, the WBC Super-Featherweight Champion, against Oscar Valdez. A rumored date for the bout would be November 7.
Berchelt (37-1, 1 NC) made his professional debut in 2010. He would end up winning the WBO Super-Featherweight Title in 2017 against Francisco Vargas. Defending it six times, Berchelt last fought in June, beating Eleazer Valenzuela via TKO. The fight was eventually ruled a no-contest as it was not sanctioned by the Mexico City Boxing Commission.
Valdez (28-0) is a former WBO Featherweight Champion. Making his debut in 2012, Valdez won the title in 2016 and defended it six times. He would then focus on the super-featherweight title. Valdez’s last fight was in July, beating Jayson Velez via TKO. He has since requested a fight with Berchelt.
Other fights that could end up being made during that time would be Jose Ramirez v. Josh Taylor. Crawford would either fight Manny Pacquiao or Kell Brook.