Mexicanos Al Grito De Guerra: Miguel Berchelt and Oscar Valdez Battle for Super Featherweight Supremacy
February 18, 2021
Anthony Saldana (131 articles)
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Mexicanos Al Grito De Guerra: Miguel Berchelt and Oscar Valdez Battle for Super Featherweight Supremacy

By Anthony “Stacks” Saldaña

Photo By Mikey Williams / Top Rank

Fire fight, Mexican Style, Going to War, Instant Classic, all words befitting of what fans can expect this Saturday live on ESPN from inside the bubble at MGM Grand when the WBC World Super Featherweight Champion Miguel Berchelt (37-1, 33 KOs) takes on the former WBO featherweight champion and undefeated Oscar Valdez (29-0, 22 KOs) in their highly anticipated All-Mexican showdown for Super Featherweight supremacy. A fight that’s bigger than the title, a fight for national pride, a fight for bragging rights.  “This is the kind of fight the fans will want to see again,” stated Berchelt “Some people say boxing is dead or dying, but with this fight, we’ll show that boxing is very much alive.”

Berchelt and Valdez aren’t household names to the casual boxing fan, however that will most likely change Saturday night as many within the boxing community expect these two Mexican warriors to leave it in all in the ring in a fight that has the possibility of being a modern day Barrera vs Morales. “Every time you’ve got two Mexicans inside the ring, there’s always fireworks, so everybody can expect a great fight,” Valdez said. Going into the fight Berchelt is a big favorite (-350) to come away victorious as he is taller than Valdez, has a five inch reach advantage and overall is just the bigger man who will be seeking his seventh successful title defense. A title he won from another Mexican Warrior, Francisco “El Bandido” Vargas. “I’m really looking forward to fighting Valdez, I’m close to breaking Chavez’ record for title defenses, and I’m ready to make history and to be known as the greatest Super Featherweight in Mexican history.” Stated Berchelt.“I have the skills, I have the boxing ability and I have a good corner. The fans should not miss this fight because it’s going to be very explosive. Everyone knows what happens when two Mexicans get in the ring. It’s going to be a very explosive fight and that’s why they should not miss it.”

Valdez on the other hand is going into the fight extremely confident and not worried about the odds leading up to Saturday nights showdown and stated. “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. 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 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.”

Miguel Berchelt Vs Oscar Valdez has all the makings of fight that truly can’t be missed. One in which this writer believes will have both fighters showing heart, and passion, in a fight that will showcase not only beautiful violence but the ring IQ it takes to compete at a championship level. A fight where the casual fan will be able to understand the true definition of a Mexican warrior, a fighter who will push himself until he no longer can continue and is willing to sacrifice anything for the victory. A fight in which both Berchelt and Valdez will be thinking and strategizing to be three steps ahead each other.  A fight that unites not only Mexican fans, but unites all fans of the “Sweet Science”. There are so many scenarios which could make this fight a memorable one, but just knowing that is a highly competitive world championship bout, for a green and gold strap that is the dream of every boxer to one day hold, especially those from the Latin culture, that’s what makes Berchelt Vs. Valdez special. Boxers leave pieces of their soul in the ring in every fight. That’s true in any fight, but the greatest and most iconic boxing matches take things to another level, and I truly expect the Berchelt and Valdez bout to live up to the hype and give boxing fans a calculated war Saturday night.

Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Zanfer Promotions, Berchelt-Valdez and Flores-Cancio will be televised live on ESPN and ESPN Deportes at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT.

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