Berchelt edges Miura to retain WBC crown

Miguel Berchelt defended his WBC super featherweight title on Saturday, defeating Japan's Takashi Miura over 12 rounds at the Forum in California.

The Mexican won the fight on the cards of all three judges, 116-111, 119-108, and 120-109, taking his record to 32-1 with 28 KOs.

The win also establishes Berchelt as one of the top fighters in the 130 pounds.

Berchelt, 25, started well and floored Miura in the opening round with a short left, but his Japanese challenger hit back in the second round, catching Berchelt with some good shots.

The champion stayed on top throughout the following rounds while Miura continued to work the Mexican’s body.

Both fighters traded punches up until the final bell, Berchelt unable to finish off his tough opponent, who was competitive right to the last.

“I beat Vargas, I beat Miura, I’m ready to fight the best,” Berchelt said after the decision, in a reference to WBO champion Vasyl Lomachenko.

Earlier in the evening on the same card, WBA super featherweight champion Jezreel Corrales, overcame two knockdowns to win a technical decision over Robinson Castellanos.

The fight ended early in the tenth round after a clash of heads, with the judges scoring it 94-94, 94-93 and 96-92 in Corrales’ favour.

His record now improves to 22-1 with 8 KOs.

Castellanos had trouble adapting to Corrales’ style early on and was unable to land his trademark big shots before a clash of heads left Castellanos with a cut head in the second round while Corrales was floored by a low blow in the third.

Corrales went down in the fourth, suffering a cut to his right eye in the process, and was dropped again when Castellanos caught him with a big counter right hand.

Corrales started to increase his work rate in the next round and put Castellanos down with a strong left toward the end of the seventh.

The next couple of rounds were hard fought as both boxers traded blows, until a big clash of heads at around 30 seconds opened up a big cut under Castellanos’ right eye.

The doctor examined the wound and called an end to the fight.