By: Dylan Fowler
Miguel Berchelt will defend his WBC Super Featherweight title Saturday, February 20th against undefeated Oscar Valdez in the Las Vegas bubble on ESPN.
Berchelt is a prime example of a Mexican-style, offensive fighter with heavy hands that sacrifices his defense to maximize power shots. He walks down his opponent with striking jabs and paralyzing body shots. You can guarantee a rainstorm of power hooks multiple times per round.
The champ is large for his weight class. His 71.5” reach has given him an advantage in most of his bouts. The ideal dancing partner must match his style with size, power, and ability to negate his offense with high activity defensive. Oscar Valdez does not fit this mold.
Valdez is a high-activity fighter, but he is small in stature compared to Berchelt. A near 6” reach advantage will work in the champ’s favor. Aside from physical features, Valdez lacks the defense and power to contend in this fight.
Every other division in boxing has made its way to unification. The most electrifying matchup at the Super Featherweight division for Berchelt is with Gervonta “Tank” Davis.
Tank is smaller in size, similarly to Valdez, but he matches from all other facets of a fight. Tank is a reactionary defender that uses angles to his advantage. With his one-shot knockout power, he will force Berchelt to think twice before leaving himself vulnerable defensively. This fight is destined for fireworks.
In the meantime, Berchelt will show the world what the Mexican-style is all about with Valdez as his victim.