Berchelt Defeats Vargas By Late
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
KO’s) 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 KO’s) 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 Berchelt’s
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 anyone’s 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 he’s young with a lot
of heart and passion and hunger. He cut me, and I just
wasn’t 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
wouldn’t 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
In the Semi-Main event Takashi Miura (30-3-2, 24 KO’s) and
Mickey Roman (56-12, 43 KO’s) 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 Miura’s
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 KO’s) by majority
decision over Mike Melikyan (1-2)
Super Welterweight Sadam Ali (24-1, 13 KO’s) KO’d Jorge
Silva (21-13-2, 17 KO’s) at 2:27 of the 3rd round.
Featherweight Luis Coria (3-0, 3 KO’s) KO’d Gerardo Molina
(1-4, 1 KO) at 1:52 of the 1st round.
Super Featherweight Lamont Roach Jr. (13-0 5 KO’s) KO’d Alex
Valdez (26-9-2, 20 KO’s) in the 1st round.
Super Lightweight Vergil Otriz Jr. (4-0, 4 KO’s) KO’d Israel
Villela (5-4, 2 KO’s) at 1:26 of the 1st round.
Super Bantamweight Cesar Diaz (4-0, 4 KO’s) KO’d Joel Cano
(1-5) at 51 seconds of the 1st round.