Although Floyd Mayweather vs Conor Mcgregor has captured the attention of the public, hardcore boxing fans understand that tomorrow nights bout has the makings to be something truly special. Miguel Berchelt will take on Takashi Miura for the WBC super featherweight title. I have not been this excited for a fight since Gatti vs Ward, which believe it or not, was 15 years ago. Knowing how these two warriors fight, I am confident they will not only live up to this, but possibly exceed it as well.
Berchelt has 31 wins and only 1 loss, with 28 of those wins coming by KO. He is recently coming off a spectacular win over Francisco Vargas this past year. Vargas, who was slated to fight Orlando Salido in a rematch, was the favorite in that fight. Both men did not disappoint as they engaged in a fight that could also be mentioned as a fight of the year candidate. But, it was Berchelt who showed that he was not just a tune up fight as he turned up the heat to earn a KO victory in the 11th round.
Takashi Miura is no slouch himself when it comes to turning up the heat. With 31 Wins and 3 losses, he has also showed he can bang with the best of them at 24 KO victories. That same night, he put on a hell of a show by beating Mickey Roman in a back and forth slugfest. Although it seemed like both men were equal in skill, it was Miura who showed that he was superior when it came to working the body. Those shots paid off, as he sent Roman on the canvas three times to earn a KO victory in the 12th and final round. That win put him on a collison course with Berchelt, and both men have the skills to give us a fight of the year candidate.
The sad reality is that no major outlet is going to be covering this fight. With Floyd Mayweather and Connor Mcgregor providing the banter that so many people love, this fight will be largely ignored. It is a massive shame, as the same people who say boxing is dead, are hypnotized by the hype of Mayweather vs Mcgregor. As a combat sports fan, I am not against anyone cashing in on a major event. But, Berchelt vs Miura is a fight that deserves all of the attention it can get. It is a fight with two warriors fighting not just for money, but to be crowned champion of the world.