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  Berchelt Defeats Vargas By Late KO;
Miura Breaks Down Tough Roman

By William Trillo
Photos: Tom Hogan - Hoganphotos/Golden Boy


The very things that had made Francisco Vargas (23-1-2, 17 KOs) a must see fighter are the same things that led to his demise on Saturday night. Couple that with a fighter in Miguel Berchelt (31-1, 28 KOs) who had been flying under the radar until tonight and you have a recipe for disaster. Such was the case for Vargas who lost his WBC Super Featherweight title on Saturday night to a fighter in Berchelt who is no longer flying in Stealth mode.

The fight started out looking like it was going to be another fight of the year candidate for Vargas but following a headbutt in the early stages the tide turned to Berchelts favor and although Vargas gave everything he had he was methodically broken down by the rugged Berchelt.

Berchelt busted up Vargas pretty good. How Vargas lasted as long as he did is anyones guess. The ref stopped the fight numerous times to have the doctor look at the situation but he allowed Vargas to fight on.

By round 11 it was too much and after being swarmed by Berchelt the bout was finally brought to an end at the 2:19 mark of a brutal affair.

After the fight Vargas said, I want to wish Berchelt all the best it was a tough fight, and hes young with a lot of heart and passion and hunger. He cut me, and I just wasnt able to see because the blood kept coming into my eyes. I am not the type of fighter to give in, and I will always be fighting. I am a warrior, and I will be that to the very end, and I probably would have kept going if they wouldnt have stopped the fight. I want a rematch.

On his championship winning victory Berchelt stated, I wanted to fight the best of the best, and this fight happened because of that. Francisco is a great champion; he has fought the best and has been in two-fight of the year contests. I knew what I was getting into he has great heart. I left my heart and soul on the mat I am young and hungry and I want to fight the best because that is how champions are made. I want to thank Vargas for this incredible opportunity.

In the Semi-Main event Takashi Miura (30-3-2, 24 KOs) and Mickey Roman (56-12, 43 KOs) went to war in a thrilling Super Featherweight brawl. Both fighters are to be commended for their warrior-like efforts in this one. From the opening bell these two went at each other in a give and take battle that saw both men capitalize with devastating power shots.

But it was the intense body work by Miura that overtime began to take its toll on Roman. Time after time it was the stunning hooks to the body that paid dividends in Miuras favor and in the end it was the difference. In the final round of the crowd pleasing war Roman crumbled from the body shots and was counted out at the 53 second mark of round 12.

This was an amazing fight to be a part of, and I will be meeting with my promoter to be discussing future opportunities to continue fighting, said Mickey Roman. I was caught off guard by some of his low punches, but all in all we were happy with the performance.

I feel great. My hands feel great despite it being a war in there, said Takashi Miura. These are the types of fights that I want. I want the winner of the next fight next.

Off TV Results

Super Lightweight Vicente Portillo (7-0, 3 KOs) by majority decision over Mike Melikyan (1-2)

Super Welterweight Sadam Ali (24-1, 13 KOs) KOd Jorge Silva (21-13-2, 17 KOs) at 2:27 of the 3rd round.

Featherweight Luis Coria (3-0, 3 KOs) KOd Gerardo Molina (1-4, 1 KO) at 1:52 of the 1st round.

Super Featherweight Lamont Roach Jr. (13-0 5 KOs) KOd Alex Valdez (26-9-2, 20 KOs) in the 1st round.

Super Lightweight Vergil Otriz Jr. (4-0, 4 KOs) KOd Israel Villela (5-4, 2 KOs) at 1:26 of the 1st round.

Super Bantamweight Cesar Diaz (4-0, 4 KOs) KOd Joel Cano (1-5) at 51 seconds of the 1st round.


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