Though Gervonta Davis seems to be getting all the headlines in the super featherweight division there is a Mexican fighter who goes by the name of Miguel Berchelt 33 (29 KOs)-1 (1 KO)-0 who is unquestionably the number one at 130 pounds, with dominating performances over the likes of Japans Takashi Miura and Francisco Vargas. Despite having an 88% knockout ratio it isn’t the power of Berchelt that impresses the most, as it appears he doesn’t have the equalising power of Davis, instead it is his overall skillset. Watching Berchelt there doesn’t seem to be any obvious flaws in his game, moving forward moving backwards side to side movement it all seem to come natural for Berchelt, combine this with good variation in shots and a killer instinct when necessary and you have a making for a very tough night.
This is where Jonathon Victor Barros 41 (22 KOs)-5 (1 KO)-1 comes into the fray, a veteran of the game, at 34 and a former world champion this may be the last big shot that comes his way, as a loss to Lee Selby last year has hardly got the worlds boxing press talking about the Argentine. Barros stands in a wide stance and likes to mix it in close with wide hooks using slick upper body movement to get inside, however it is his slow feet that are likely to get him in trouble in this fight.
When facing Selby Barros seemed completely flummoxed in large spells to not only cope with the Selby jab but to cope also with Selby’s foot movement, while Berchelt may not be as pleasing on the eye as Selby he is just as effective and I see the fight being one sided but entertaining throughout.
Most likely you will see Berchelt racking up the rounds as Barros comes forwards looking to trade with the Mexican as Berchelt is comfortable sitting back using the jab on the move and coming in and throwing mean body shots when necessary. This could very well be a fight that should be stopped in the corner as Barros at 34 doesn’t need to be taking any unnecessary punishment this late in his career.
If Barros is going to get the win here he is going to somehow corner Berchelt and catch him with a wide left hook, and force Berchelt into abandoning his superior boxing skills but with his lack of balance and failing to have a win in two years the odds are definitely stacked against him.
If I were forced to make a prediction on the fight I would say a 7th round TKO stoppage win for Berchelt keeping him firmly in the top spot at 130 pounds.
On the undercard also at super featherweight Elvis Torres 19 (11 KOs)-0- 2 faces Panamanian fighter Ricardo Nunez 19 (17 KOs)-2 (1 KO)-0.