Berchelt Stops Sosa To Retain
Super Featherweight Title
Photos: Mikey Williams - Top Rank
Miguel Berchelt defended his WBC super featherweight
world title for a sixth time, stopping the game but
overmatched former world champion Jason Sosa in the
fourth round at Dignity Health Sports Park.
Berchelt (37-1, 33 KOs) knocked down Sosa (23-4-4, 16
KOs) in the second round and kept the pressure coming,
ultimately forcing a corner stoppage with four seconds
left in the fourth.
Berchelt has his eyes on lucky defense number seven, and
former featherweight world champion Oscar Valdez is on
“It was a great performance. I want to congratulate
Jason," Berchelt said. "He came to put on a great fight,
and I have a lot of love for him.
“I want to wait until Valdez fights on Nov. 30. If he
wants this belt, come and get it.”
Said Sosa: “He’s a great champion. He’s defended it six
times. He has serious power.”
Molina KOs Okada
Javier Molina (21-2, 9 KOs) seized the moment. The 2008
U.S. Olympian knocked down Hiroki Okada twice and scored
the knockout only 65 seconds into the scheduled 10-round
super lightweight fight. Molina knocked down Okada
(19-2, 13 KOs) with a left hook in the opening minute,
then finished things off with an overhand right.
Molina-Okada was elevated to co-feature status Thursday
after Jonathan Rodriguez’s visa issue forced the
cancellation of his junior bantamweight title challenge
against IBF kingpin Jerwin Ancajas.
“I caught him early. When I had him hurt, I jumped on
him,” Molina said. “Whoever’s next, we want to go for a
world title. I showed everyone what I’m made of. This
was my moment.”
— The return of super lightweight Alex "El Cholo"
Saucedo (29-1, 19 KOs) was a triumphant one, as the
former world title challenger knocked out Rod Salka
(24-6, 4 KOs) with a left hook to the body in the
opening round. This was the first fight for Saucedo
since falling short to then-champion Maurice Hooker
nearly one year ago.
"It was great to be back. I wanted to get some rounds
in, but the knockout came, so it is what it is," Saucedo
said. "I hope to be back in the ring very soon."
— Crowd favorite Raymond “Danger" Muratalla (9-0, 7
KOs), from nearby Fontana, Calif., knocked out fellow
Californian Arnulfo Becerra (7-3, 5 KOs) in the fifth
round of a lightweight fight.
— Australian prospect Daniel Lewis (5-0, 3 KOs) cruised
to an eight-round decision over Alexis Gaytan (6-5, 2
KOs) in his American debut. Scores for the middleweight
bout were as followed: 80-72 2X and 79-73.
— In a fight featuring a pair of unbeaten super
lightweights, Abram Martinez (8-0, 6 KOs) dropped Ruben
Rodriguez (9-1, 3 KOs) twice in the third round en route
to the stoppage.
— Freddie Roach-trained welterweight prospect Gor
Yeritsyan (12-0, 10 KOs) defeated Shoki Sakai (23-11-2,
13 KOs) by eight-round unanimous decision (80-72, 79-73
— Elvis “The Dominican Kid" Rodriguez (5-0-1, 5 KOs)
opened the evening in fine fashion, knocking out Chilean
veteran Luis Norambuena (4-5-1, 0 KOs) in the
fourth-round of a scheduled six-round super lightweight