Miguel Berchelt and Oscar Valdez to Fight for WBC Super Featherweight Title
WBC super featherweight champion Miguel Berchelt will defend the title against undefeated former champion Oscar Valdez this weekend in Las Vegas.
Updated: Feb. 18, 2021 • 2:45 PM ET
Las Vegas will host this weekend's WBC super featherweight title fight.
The WBC super featherweight title will be on the line this Saturday, as Miguel Berchelt will defend the belt against former champion and fellow Mexican Oscar Valdez in Las Vegas.
One of the most dominant champions in boxing, the 29-year-old Berchelt (37-1, 33 KOs) will defend the belt for the seventh time since winning the title in 2017 with an 11th-round knockout of Francisco Vargas. During his title run, Berchelt has defeated key opponents including Vargas (twice), Takashi Miura, Jonathon Victor Barros and Jason Sosa. He’ll face a new challenge in Valdez, who is an undefeated former champion in his prime and hungry to once again wrap a belt around his waist.
Berchelt has never liked to lay claim as being the best in his division, but he wants to make a statement this weekend.
“I leave that up to the fans,” Berchelt told Boxing Scene. “They can decide who is the best. I don’t like to say it, but that’s what I work for, to be the best. But in this fight, I’m gonna show that I’m the best 130-pounder in the world.”
Although he has yet to face Valdez, there have already been promotional talks of Berchelt facing undefeated WBO junior lightweight champion Jamel Herring. Berchelt, though, knows he must win on Saturday before any talks of fighting another champion in the division become real.
“That’s a fight that I would like to have,” Berchelt said. “But obviously, right now I’m thinking just about what’s in front of me, and that’s February 20th against Oscar Valdez.”
Valdez (28-0, 22 KOs) previously had the same type of successful run that Berchelt is currently on, holding the WBO featherweight title for roughly three years. He won the belt in 2016 and successfully defended it six times with key wins over Miguel Marriaga and Scott Quigg. However, much to the disappointment of fans and critics, Valdez vacated the belt in 2019 after the WBO named undefeated rising star Shakur Stevenson a mandatory challenger.
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Regardless of vacating the belt and despite moving up a weight class, Valdez poses a real threat to Berchelt. After vacating the belt, Valdez said via ESPN, “It’s time. I’ve always wanted to become a multi-division champion. I think I would feel more comfortable at [super featherweight]. One hundred twenty-six pounds is getting harder to make after seven years as a featherweight, so I think moving to 130 pounds would make more sense.”
The 30-year-old Valdez is ready to seize the moment against Berchelt.
“This is an opportunity of a lifetime,” Valdez said via Boxing News 24. “Ever since I was a kid, I’ve dreamed of this moment, fighting for the WBC world title; this is my chance. I’m excited for the moment, and I’ve had one of my best training camps I’ve ever had. I’m well-prepared, and I’m going against all the odds; I’m not the favorite. A lot of people think Berchelt is going to have an easy fight, a walk in the park, as they say. But I’m ready for the test. I’ve prepared not only physically but mentally as well. I can’t wait to step in the ring.”
Berchelt is a sizable favorite this weekend, but whichever fighter wins, the predictable next fight for either would be a unification bout with Herring.
• The main card can be seen on ESPN at 10 p.m. ET this Saturday.