WBC super featherweight world champion Berchelt prevails in lightweight non-title bout
WBC super featherweight world Miguel Berchelt, absent from the ring for over eight months, stopped gutsy Eleazar Valenzuela last night in the sixth round of a lightweight non-title bout at TV Azteca Studios.
Berchelt (38-1, 34 KOs) knocked down Valenzuela (21-14-4, 16 KOs) in the opening round, then continued with a body-head assault until the referee stopped the contest. The dominance was expected.
It was a furious, sustained offensive output for Berchelt, who landed over 60 percent of his punches. Valenzuela showed moxie but a big combination staggered him in round six. The referee waved off the bout.
Berchelt is now lined up to face former featherweight champion Oscar Valdez in all-Mexican title showdown. .
"Now what follows is the expected fight against Oscar Valdez," Berchelt said. "Every fan wants to see that fight, and we are ready for that war.
"I felt great, but the altitude Mexico City hit me a little bit. It is not easy to fight in Mexico City, but thank God we got the victory. Eleazar is a tough fighter. He endured everything I threw at him. He gained my respect. My experience as world champion pushed me forward."
In other action:
Junior featherweight Alan David Picasso (14-1, 5 KOs) defeated Florentino Perez Hernandez (14-6-2, 9 KOs) by unanimous decision.
Omar Aguilar (18-0, 17 KOs) wasted no time finishing off Dante Jardon (32-7, 23 KO) in the opening stanza.