World Super Featherweight Title on the Line in El Paso on Saturday

Boxing: World Super Featherweight Title on the Line in El Paso on Saturday

World super featherweight titleholder Miguel Berchelt will put his belt on the line against Miguel “Mickey” Roman this Saturday in El Paso, Texas.

Updated: Oct. 31, 2018 • 5:25 PM ET

El Paso, Texas will host this weekend's super featherweight title fight.

The Don Haskins Center in El Paso, Texas will host a WBC world super featherweight title this Saturday, as Miguel Berchelt will defend his title against hard-working veteran Miguel “Mickey” Roman in a 12-round fight.

Berchelt, 34-1 with 30 knockouts in his professional career, is looking for a fourth straight successful title defense. He last fought in June, winning by third-round TKO over Jonathan Victor Barros, and won the title in January 2017 by defeating Francisco Vargas with a dramatic 11th-round knockout. After winning the title, Berchelt’s first two successful defenses came against Takashi Miura and Maxwell Awuku, both in dominating fashion.

"This is my second time on ESPN and I've been training very hard in Sonora," Berchelt said via the El Paso Times. "When two Mexicans are in the ring, the show will be guaranteed and this fight will be no exception. The people will leave that night very happy because they saw a great fight and they saw a great champion like Miguel Berchelt."

Berchelt, a 26-year-old Cancun, Mexico native, hasn’t lost a fight since 2014. He has proven with each fight, however, that he’s getting better. He’s also looking forward to fighting on ESPN and putting on a show against a familiar counterpart.

"I have wanted this fight for a very long time," Berchelt said. "Roman has been talking a lot. I can't wait to be in the ring with him. I am happy to fight in El Paso, which is the perfect location for a fight like this. I will show all the fans that I am on my way to becoming one of the great Mexican champions."

The 32-year-old Roman made his pro debut in 2003 and has put together a 60-12 record with 47 knockouts. His last fight was also in June, a second-round knockout of Michel Marcano. Roman is riding a four-fight winning streak, having also beaten Nery Saguilan, Orlando Salido and Aristides Perez before Marcano.

Roman is a busy fighter, as he fought three times in 2017 and Saturday’s bout being his third in 2018. He went from October 2012 to January 2017 without a loss and previously fought for the WBA featherweight and WBC lightweight titles. Roman was unsuccessful in his two previous title fights, but believes he has what it takes to make the third time the charm.

"I'm fighting and facing a great champion," Roman said. "He's very strong. But I've gotta do what I've gotta do. I've got to do my job. And I use all my strength and hunger to win a world championship."

There’s a rich history of Mexican fighters that have fought in El Paso, including Oscar De La Hoya and Erik Morales.

"I've worked very hard to get to this moment," Roman said. "And now, if I lose, I might just retire."


Co-main event

Saturday’s co-main event will be a 10-round featherweight fight between multiple time title challenger Miguel Marriaga and Mexican fighter Jose Estrella. Marriaga (26-3, 22 KOs) is trying to put together a winning streak since losing to Vasilly Lomachenko in August 2017.

Estrella (20-14-1, 14 KOs) will try to rebound from a split-decision loss to Ruben Garcia Hernandez in August. Fighting out of Tijuana, he’ll likely have a surge of Mexican support against his Colombian opponent, creating a great setting for the main event.

• The card will take place on Saturday, November 3 at the Don Haskins Center in El Paso, Texas and can be seen on ESPN+.

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