Berchelt vs Roman Fight Preview
Tonight at 9:30 p.m. (EST) on ESPN+, WBC Super Featherweight champion Miguel Berchelt will defend his crown against Miguel Roman. The fight will take place at the Don Haskins Convention Center in El Paso, Texas.
A traditional boxing match may start the action between these two, but once they warm up, I expect fireworks.
Miguel Berchelt (34-1, 30 KOs)
Since his lone loss to Luis Flores in 2014, the three-time amateur Mexican National Boxing champion has been unstoppable. Berchelt’s ability to mix boxing with brawling is what makes him unconventional.
In January of 2017, Berchelt battled former undefeated WBC champion, Fransico Vargas. The intense affair would showcase Berchelt’s boxing ability and prove he belongs. Additionally, his combination punching caused two cuts over both Vargas’ eyes and led to an eleventh round stoppage.
Berchelt returned six months later to defend his title against Takeshi Miura. In the opening round, the champion established himself by dropping the hard-punching Japanese challenger. Miura, determined to get back in the fight sustained a damaging body-attack throughout the match. However, Berchelt’s range and hard jab would carry him to a lopsided unanimous decision victory.
Advise to Berchelt: Box; use your range and footwork to offset Roman’s attack.
Miguel Roman (60-12, 47 KOs)
The thirty two year old, battle-tested Mexican warrior has almost done it all in the sport of boxing. He’s fought, won, and lost to the best throughout his career. Nevertheless, a major world championship has escaped his grasp at every opportunity.
After an incredibly brutal fight with Takeshi Miura in January of 2017, Roman bounced back with four consecutive victories. Of the four, his most impressive came against Orlando Salido. Roman knocked Salido down three times ending the fight in the ninth round.
Advice to Roman: Don’t allow Berchelt to work from the outside. Stay low, get in his chest, and rip body shots.
Outcome: Berchelt wins by UD. His youth, lack of wars, and boxing ability will set him apart.
By: Cessell Robinson