Miguel Berchelt and Oscar Valdez are able to enter the 2021 combat of the yr race.
a protracted-deliberate showdown between the pair of Mexican junior lightweights now has a date, with their one hundred thirty-pound title combat being eyed for February 20 on an ESPN platform. Representatives from both camps as well as excellent Rank officials proven the information to BoxingScene.com on Monday afternoon.
Yahoo! activities’ Kevin Iole was the first to file the rescheduled date.
Berchelt and Valdez had been firstly due to meet on December 12 at the Bubble at MGM Grand in what would have served as the ultimate title combat to have aired on ESPN in 2020. these plans have been compromised as soon as Berchelt (38-1, 34KOs) established wonderful for COVID-19 and became forced to withdraw.
both warring parties are coming off of non-title wins this past summer time to set up their head-on collision, which many assume as a can’t-miss action combat.
Berchelt will effort the seventh protection of the junior lightweight title he violently snatched in an 11th round stoppage of then-unbeaten countryman Francisco Vargas in January 2017. The 29-12 months old from Merida, Mexico ultimate put his title on the road in a one-sided 4th circular drubbing of former secondary titlist Jason Sosa final November in Carson, California. on the time, plans called for Berchelt to subsequent face Valdez, who survived a scare 4 weeks later in his 130-pound debut, overcoming an early knockdown to stop Adam Lopez inside of seven rounds ultimate November in Las Vegas.
the continuing coronavirus pandemic ruined plans for a springtime title combat, as a substitute settling for separate showcase bouts behind closed doorways. Berchelt took a non-title combat at light-weight, stopping countryman Eleazar Valenzuela in the sixth round of their June 27 ESPN headliner in Mexico metropolis.
Valdez (28-0, 22KOs) followed go well with, stopping Puerto Rico’s Jayson Velez of their 10th round of their July 21 ESPN main experience from The Bubble at MGM Grand in Las Vegas. The win was his 2nd at a hundred thirty pounds following a 3-12 months featherweight title reign before vacating his crown final summer.
Jake Donovan is a senior author for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox