Miguel Berchelt stops Francisco Vargas in rematch

Miguel Berchelt gets the better of Francisco Vargas in rematch. By Ron Valderrama at ringside

Mikey Williams / Top Rank
Mikey Williams / Top Rank

WBC super featherweight champion Miguel Berchelt (36-1, 32 KOs) defeated Francisco Vargas (25-2, 18 KOs) by TKO last night in the main event, leaving no doubt he’s the better fighter.


The featured bout was presented by Top Rank Boxing and televised on ESPN from the Tucson Arena in Tucson, Az.


Vargas went to the fight with high hopes. He trained very hard, hoping to reverse the outcome this time-after being stopped by Berchelt in 2017. That loss, in a bloody battle, was the first of his career.


Without a doubt, the first meeting was a war and this one would be no different. It wouldn’t take long, from the opening bell, each fighter quickly tried to jockey for position and set the tone of the fight. The real action started in round two as championship boxing referee, Jay Nady slipped and fell to the canvas, a definite crowd pleaser. Nady quickly recovered and was okay as he continued overseeing the bout.


The 27-year-old Berchelt landed some impressive blows on Vargas, but Vargas rallied at the end of the round. As round three began, Berchelt seemed to find his range and landed some blistering punches on Vargas, mixing it up with head and body combinations. The action would continue as Vargas would show signs of the Vargas when he was in his prime.


Vargas,34, landed some impressive and hard punches of his own that made a statement, but he wasn’t hurting Berchelt. Round six, like the previous rounds, would prove to be exciting. Berchelt had thrown a tremendous amount of punches at Vargas and it was clear as the face of Vargas was beginning to show signs of wear and tear.


Berchelt punished Vargas during the stanza, landing punches at will and doing damage. Credit Vargas however. He proved he still had some game left and a solid chin even though it was apparent Berchelt was ahead on the scorecard. At the end of the round, Vargas was clearly dazed from the barrage of punches Berchelt was landing.


The corner of Vargas could see their man could not continue and wisely stopped the fight, preventing Vargas from any serious injury. The official time of stoppage, 3:00 of round six. Although the fight didn’t go the distance, it was an exciting bout. Perhaps it was just too much for Vargas, the power and speed of Berchelt were definitely on point tonight.


Berchelt said after the fight, “I did what I said I was going to do in the ring. More importantly, I want to thank Francisco ‘Bandito’ Vargas. He’s a true Mexican warrior, and more than anything, let me tell you, he gave me my first opportunity at a world title. So, it was only fair that I would give him a shot to win his world title back. But his corner did the right thing in saving him from more punishment.”


He also said, “I want to prove that I’m the best 130-pounder in the world. In {two weeks}, it will be {Jamel} Herring taking on {WBO champion Masayuki} Ito. I want the winner of that fight because I don’t want to leave any doubt as to who the best super featherweight in the world is.”

As for Vargas, it is not clear what his next move will be. However, one thing is clear, Vargas has nothing to be ashamed about, he proved he’s still a warrior despite the loss.



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