Weight Class: Super Featherweight

Miguel Berchelt

38 Wins

1 Losses

0 Draws

34 KOs


Age: 28 Date of Birth: November 17, 1991
Height: 5'7" Birth Place: Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico
Reach: 71" Stance: orthodox

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Miguel "El Alacran" Berchelt


Biography

At the age of 26 – with 27 coming 14 days after this fight – Miguel is an eight-year pro. The WBC super featherweight world champion, he won the title in January, 2017, and has made three title defenses.

He has an aggressive style and good punching power and makes exciting fights – 30 of his 34 wins have been by knockout.

Miguel has fought 32 times in his native Mexico and three times in the United States.

In his last fight on June 23 in Merida, Yucatan – his first fight in his hometown since March, 2016, and his first as a world champion – he won by third-round TKO against former WBA featherweight world champion Jonathan Barros.

ESPN.com’s Dan Rafael reported [excerpts]: Miguel Berchelt, bigger, faster and stronger, imposed himself on Jonathan Victor Barros in a one-sided, third-round knockout victory on Saturday night at the Poliforum Zamna in Berchelt’s adopted hometown of Merida, Mexico.

Berchelt applied relentless pressure to Barros, a former featherweight world titleholder, knocking him down three times to retain his 130-pound world title for the third time as his hometown crowd cheered wildly the ending of a fight streamed on ESPN+ in the United States.

Berchelt was in control all the way. Late in the second round, Berchelt caught Barros with a right-left combination along the ropes to score the first knockdown.

Berchelt continued to attack Barros in the third round. He nailed Barros with an overhand right about 45 seconds into the round for the second knockdown when Barros was forced to put both gloves on the mat to steady himself.

At that point Barros was in serious trouble as Berchelt swarmed him and began teeing off with a two-handed attack. Barros tried to hold on to keep from going down again, but moments later Berchelt unloaded a flurry of punches and he hit the deck for the third time under heavy fire.

Barros beat the count but his trainer came into the ring to save him as [the] referee waved off the fight at 1 minute, 53 seconds, though Barros protested the stoppage. [End Rafael iem]

During the build-up to the Mickey Roman fight, Miguel said through an interpreter, “I have never shied away from him. I fulfilled my previous commitments as a champion. We will simply face him and put Roman in his reality, back to where he should to be.

“Roman has spoken a lot and it is time to teach him a lesson of humility and respect. We are going to knock him out, to tear off his head. I only hope to meet in the ring, and there he will feel my power.”

In an earlier interview, Miguel said through an interpreter, “I’ve been working with my trainer, José Caballero, since after my first loss in 2014. I train at Gimnasio Caballero in Hermosillo, Sonora – it’s my trainer’s gym. I train here for all of my fights.

“I consider myself a puncher, but a puncher who knows how to box. I know how to move, smart – I think I’m in between a puncher and a technical boxer.

“I’m confident in my own ability to make a great fight.”

Regarding his nickname, Miguel said, “I moved to Merida a month before my pro debut. The guy that took me there was a matchmaker, kind of a scout, and he said, ‘I want to give you a nickname. How do you like Alacran?’ I thought it was okay, but I didn’t think too much about it. But when my grandmother passed away, she left me a little gold scorpion and I thought, ‘Yes, that is my nickname.” [note: Miguel’s Zodiac sign is Scorpio]

AMATEUR, PERSONAL BACKGROUND: Miguel said through an interpreter, “I was born and raised in Cancun, Quintana Roo. I have two sisters. We were raised by a single mother. She dedicates all of her time to the family. I’m the only boxer in my family.

“I was 15 years old when I started boxing. I saw Rodolfo ‘Rudy’ Lopez, the only world champion born in Quintana Roo. [note: former WBC featherweight world champion] I followed his career and I said, ‘One day I will be fighting on TV like him.’

“I had 68 amateur fights – 62 wins and 6 losses. I won a silver medal in the nationals in 2007, I won a bronze medal in the nationals in 2009, and I was a national champion in 2010. [note: results not currently available]

“I’m naturally right-handed. Technically, I’m not married, but I live with my girlfriend, Victoria Ramos. She’s like my wife. No children.”…

STRENGTHS: Has an aggressive style and good punching power…has good skills and movement…is experienced against very good opposition…had a good amateur career…

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: 8 years…35 fights…128 total rounds…29 world championship rounds…

AVERAGE LENGTH OF BOUTS: 3.6 rounds…

KNOCKOUT PERCENTAGE: of total fights – 86 %…of wins – 88 %…

DISTANCE FIGHTS: 12 rounds – 1 (1-0)…11 rounds – 1 (1-0)…10 rounds – 0…8 rounds – 0…6 rounds – 3 (3-0)…

Titles

  • WBC super featherweight world champion, 3 successful defenses…
  • Former WBO interim junior lightweight champion, 1 successful defense…
  • Former NABO junior lightweight champion…
2010

On 12-18-10 in Campeche, MX, he won by TKO (3rd round) against Jonathan Quime (2-1)…

On 11-27-10 in Merida he won by TKO (1st round, 0:52) against Eduardo Arevalo (0-3)…

He debuted on his 19th birthday on 11-17-10 in Merida and won by TKO (2nd round, 1:26) against Armin Chan (debut)…

2011

On 12-17-11 in Tuxtla Gutierrez, MX, he won by knockout (3rd round, 2:50) against Fernando Cruz (5-2-1)…

On 11-26-11 in Merida he won a 6 round unanimous decision against Cristian Palafox (8-4): scored 59-55, 59-55, 60-54…

On 10-29-11 in Hermosillo he won by TKO (5th round) against Pablo Batres (2-0-1)…

On 9-10-11 in Merida he won by disqualification (5th round) against 37-year-old Miguel Chi (7-7-1): Chi was DQed for intentional headbutts at 2:17 of the 5th round…

On 8-20-11 in Valle de Guadalupe, MX, he won by TKO (2nd round) against Israel Barron (1-12)…

On 7-16-11 in Cancun, MX, he won by TKO (2nd round) against Ricardo Hernandez (3-7-1): Miguel scored a knockdown in the 2nd round, and the referee stopped the fight at 2:07…

On 6-11-11 in Merida he won by TKO (2nd round, 1:39) against Freddy Hernandez (3-4)…

On 4-2-11 in Mexicali, MX, he won by TKO (3rd round, 1:16) against Alfredo de los Santos (1-5-1)…

On 2-2-11 in Merida he won by TKO (1st round, 2:30) against Aaron Lopez (1-2)…

2012

On 11-19-12 in Merida he won by knockout (2nd round, 2:49) against previously undefeated left-hander Oliver Flores (23-0-2): the scheduled 10-rounder headlined at Complejo Deportivo La Inalámbrica…

On 9-7-12 in Merida he won by TKO (2nd round, 0:57) against Berman Sanchez (26-4-3)…

On 7-6-12 in Merida he won by TKO (1st round, 1:39) against Sergio Lopez (14-5)…

On 5-19-12 in Puerto Vallarta, MX, he won a 6 round unanimous decision against previously undefeated Carlos Orozco (10-0): Miguel scored a knockdown in the 2nd round…

On 3-31-12 in Merida he won by TKO (1st round) against Alberto Chuc (14-19): Miguel scored two knockdowns in the 1st round, and the referee stopped the fight at 1:16…

2013

On 11-2-13 in Hermosillo, MX, he won by knockout (5th round, 2:51) against Omar Estrella (18-5-2)…

On 8-31-13 in Merida he won by TKO (5th round, 2:25) against 36-year-old former IBF featherweight champion Cristobal Cruz (40-14-3)…

On 6-22-13 in Merida he won by TKO (2nd round) against Weng Haya (17-5): Miguel scored a knockdown in the 1st round; he scored another knockdown in the 2nd, and the referee stopped the fight at 2:57…

On 3-30-13 in Las Vegas, NV, he won by TKO (1st round, 1:53) against left-handed Carlos Claudio (15-9-3)…

2014

On 10-11-14 in Merida he won by TKO (3rd round) against Antonio Escalante (29-6): Miguel scored two knockdowns in the 3rd round, and the referee stopped the fight at 2:36…

On 7-5-14 in Merida he won by knockout (4th round) against Carlos Reyes (24-2-1): Miguel scored a knockdown that dropped Reyes, out cold, in the 4th round, and the referee stopped the fight without a count at 2:54…

On 5-31-14 in Merida he won by knockout (3rd round, 2:28) against Armando Mariscal (15-9-2)…

On 3-15-14 in Palenque, MX, he lost by TKO (1st round) against Luis Flores (15-1): the scheduled 10-rounder was one of the co-main events on the card; Miguel pressed forward from the opening bell, but Flores scored a knockdown with a right hand-left hook combination that dropped him flat on his back midway through the 1st round – Miguel got up but was unsteady, and the referee stopped the fight at 1:39…

2015

on 12-19-15 in Merida he won by TKO (3rd round, 1:50) against Rolando Giono (17-6)…

On 9-26-15 in Puerto Penasco, MX, he won by TKO (5th round, 1:34) against Josue Bendana (9-5-4)…

On 6-20-15 in Comitan, MX, he won by TKO (5th round) against Sergio Puente (22-1): Puente did not continue after the 4th round; the local commission records it as a TKO in the 5th round…

WON VACANT NABO JL TITLE – on 3-28-15 in Merida he won by TKO (5th round) against René Gonzalez (31-7-1): Gonzalez was cut over his right eye, and penalized one point for punching to the back of the head in the 5th round…

2016

1ST WBO INTERIM JL TITLE DEFENSE – on 7-16-16 in La Paz, MX, he won by knockout (4th round) against Chonlatarn Piriyapinyo (61-2): the scheduled 12-rounder headlined at Polideportivo Soraya Jimenez; Piriyapinyo gave a determined effort and it was a good fight, but Miguel landed the harder punches and wore him down; Miguel scored two knockdowns in the 4th round – the first with a right hand-left hook combination, the second with a series of punches finished by a left hook to the body – and Piriyapinyo was counted out at 2:59…

WON VACANT WBO INTERIM JL TITLE – on 3-12-16 in Merida, MX, he won by TKO (6th round, 1:55) against late substitute George Jupp (13-2): the bout headlined at Polyforum Zam Ná; Miguel was scheduled to challenge WBO world champion Roman Martinez for the title, but Martinez injured his left hand in training and withdrew eight days earlier – Jupp filled in, and Miguel dominated the fight; he scored a knockdown with a series of punches late in the 4th round, then scored another knockdown with a left hook to the body in the 5th; Miguel scored another knockdown with a left uppercut in the 6th round, and the referee stopped the fight without a count at 1:55…

2017

1ST WBC SF WORLD TITLE DEFENSE – on 7-15-17 in Inglewood, CA, he won a 12 round unanimous decision against left-handed former WBC super featherweight champion Takashi Miura (31-3-2): the bout headlined at The Forum and drew a crowd of 5,846; Miura constantly pressed forward and had a few brief rallies, but Miguel showed another side of his abilities – he kept Miura off-balance with movement, consistently out-boxed and out-worked him, and dominated most of the fight; Miguel scored a knockdown with a left hook in the 1st round and staggered Miura with a series of punches late in the 2nd; scored 120-107, 119-108, 116-111…

WON WBC SF WORLD TITLE – on 1-28-17 in Indio, CA, he won by knockout (11th round) against previously undefeated defending champion Francisco Vargas (23-0-2): the bout headlined at Fantasy Springs Casino, and Vargas was favored to win – he boxed well at times and had a few rallies, but Miguel dominated most of the fight; Vargas swept the 1st round on all three scorecards, but Miguel pressed forward and out-worked him in the following rounds – he also landed the harder punches and steadily wore down Vargas; Miguel won the 2nd on two scorecards and swept the 3rd round – both were rocked in the round and Vargas was cut by a punch on the bridge of his nose; Vargas was cut under his right eye by a punch and cut over his left eye by a clash of heads in the 4th, which Miguel won on two scorecards, but Vargas rallied and swept the 5th round; Miguel came back and swept the 6th, then won the 7th round on two scorecards, but Vargas rallied and swept the 8th; Miguel finished the fight strongly – he swept the 9th and 10th rounds, then rocked Vargas with a series of punches in the 11th and the referee stopped the fight at 2:19; after 10 rounds, the fight was scored 96-94, 96-94 Berchelt, 95-95…

2018

3RD WBC SF WORLD TITLE DEFENSE – in his last fight on 6-23-18 in Merida, MX, he won by TKO (3rd round) against former WBA featherweight world champion Jonathan Barros (41-5-1): the bout headlined at Poliforum Zam Ná, and Miguel quickly overpowered him; he pressed forward and scored a knockdown with a right hand-left hook combination late in the 2nd round; he scored two more knockdowns in the 3rd – the first with a right hand that caused Barros to touch the canvas with his gloves, the second with a series of punches; Barros’ cornerman entered the ring to signal the end, and the referee stopped the fight at 1:53…

2ND WBC SF WORLD TITLE DEFENSE – on 2-10-18 in Cancun, MX, he won by TKO (3rd round) against late substitute Maxwell Awuku (44-3-1): the bout headlined at the Grand Oasis Resort; Awuku gave a determined effort, but Miguel landed the harder punches and dominated the fight; Miguel scored two knockdowns in the 3rd round, the first with a right hand, the second with a series of punches – Awuku got up both times, but Miguel rocked him with a series of punches and the referee stopped the fight at 2:46…

Miguel Berchelt Q&A

When did you start boxing? What is your first memory in the sport?

15 years old. I won the National Boxing Championship for Mexico.

Which fighters do you pattern yourself after?

Juan Manuel Marquez, Sugar Ray Leaonard

Who are your favorite current or recent pro fighters?

Terence Crawford, Emanuel Navarrete

Do you have a hidden talent?

Soccer

Do you have any superstitions or a pre-fight superstition?

None

Where do you want to be 5 years from now?

Retired and working as a professional

If I wasn’t a professional boxer, I would be …

Soccer Player

What or who is the biggest motivation in your life?

My family and to be the best