Berchelt/Roman Mid 2018?
Mickey Roman is riding high after his victory over Orlando Salido Saturday night. Part of the deal for winning that fight is he become next in line for a shot a WBC champion Miguel Berchelt.
Originally Berchelt, was scheduled to face Salido this past weekend but was forced to withdraw due to injury. Roman stepped in and stepped up to the challenge as he was able to stop the 37-year-old Salido for the right to face the Cancun native.
Berchelt is scheduled to fight in his hometown in February and Roman is expected to take a tune-up type fight himself. If both guys are able to come through their fights unscathed then a mid summer fight is expected to take place between the two.
Promoters Fernando Beltran, Berchelt’s co-promoter, and Osvaldo Küchle, Roman’s promoter, assured the WBC that they are on course for the super featherweight championship bout, but first there are commitments to be fulfilled.
“Obviously it’s a high interest fight. Roman surprised many by defeating warrior Orlando Salido, but we’re going to stick to the plan we had. Berchelt is going to fight in Mexico in February, almost certainly in Cancun, and then we will see how he is doing to fight Roman,” said Beltran.
“We are sure that Berchelt is going through the best moment of his career and we consider that he has everything to defeat everyone in the division, so he has earned the opportunity to fight at home as champion. And then, he’ll return to the American market,” said the President of Zanfer Promotions.
Kuchle said Roman is likely to have a fight in his hometown of Jaurez, Mexico early in 2018 and that if he and Berchelt win the fight will be next:
“Yes if both win then mid-year we’ll set up that fight. It should be in the American market as well.”
Berchelt has been out of the ring since defending his title against Takashi Miura by unanimous decision back in July. He won the title by stopping Francisco Vargas in January.
By: Chris ‘Bone’ Henderson