Berchelt successful in sixth defense of title
By Bill Tibbs
WBC Champion Miguel Berchelt – Yucatan, Mexico (36-1-10, 32 KO’s) vs. former world champion Jason Sosa – Camden, New Jersey (23-3-4, 16 KO’s).
Berchelt, fighting in his prime right now, was just too strong and aggressive for Sosa. In the end, despite a gutsy and game effort from Sosa, Bechelt put thunderous head and body shots together to get a TKO 4 over Sosa.
Sosa’s corner jumped up on the ring apron right near the end of the 4th round to stop the fight. Berchelt had Sosa down 3 times in the bout in making the 6th defense of his title. I like referee Jack Reiss, who is a great ref, but I was surprised he let it go on as long as he did.
-Super lightweight Javier Molina KO 1 Hiroki Okada (19-2, 13 KO’s).
-Welterweight Gor Yeritsyan (12-0, 10 KO’s) UD 8 Shoki Sakai (23-11-2, 13 KO’s).
-Super lightweight Alex “El Cholo” Saucedo (29-1, 19 KO’s) KO1 Rod Salka (24-6, 4 KO’s).
-Super lightweight Abram Martinez (8-0, 6 KO’s) TKO 3 over Ruben Rodriguez (9-1, 3 KO’s). Time
-Unbeaten lightweight Raymond “Danger” Muratalla (9-0, 7 KO’s) KO 5 over Arnulfo Becerra (7-3, 5 KO’s).
-2016 Australian Olympian super welterweight Daniel Lewis (5-0, 3 KO’s) UD 8 over Alexis Gaytan (6-5, 2 KO’s).
-Dominican super lightweight knockout artist, and Freddie Roach trained, Elvis Rodriguez (5-0-1, 5 KO’s) TKO 3 Luis Norambuena (4-5-1, 0 KO’s).
-Not a big fan of fighters getting special treatment. If you want to fight at 175, then fight at 175. But, there was a rehydration clause in the Alvarez-Kovalev contract. Neither could weigh over 185 at another weigh-in done on fight-day morning. Safe clause for Canelo who had no intention of ballooning up to 185 on his frame, that is all to keep Kovalev’s size in check. With the payday that Kovalev was getting, he’d have agreed to anything and Alvarez knew it.
- Evan Holyfield had a successful pro debut Saturday night in Las Vegas picking up a KO 1. You may remember his dad who was a pretty good fighter.
-In his retirement fight, former WBA lightweight champion Anthony Crolla (35-7-3, 13 KO’s) picked up a MD 10 over Frank Urquiaga (13-2-1, 1 KO) on Saturday night in Manchester, England.
-IBF junior bantamweight world champion Jerwin Ancajas’ Saturday title defense in Carson California, against Jonathan Rodriguez, was canceled due to a visa issue with Rodriguez.
-They are talking Berchelt vs. former featherweight champ Oscar Valdez. That’s a war!