Oscar Valdez Might Have Ruined Miguel Berchelt

Posted on 03/29/2022

By: Hans Themistode

Miguel Berchelt had a grand view of the 130-pound panorama. With the Mexican star sitting comfortably on the high of the tremendous featherweight mountain, he may see his rivals coming from a mile away.

Berchelt was unintimidated as he witnessed Jamel Herring win a 130-pound world title. He additionally appeared unthreatened by the arrival of Shakur Stevenson. Regardless of who sauntered into Berchelt’s division, he believed the outcomes would stay the identical. That means, in some unspecified time in the future, they’d all fold beneath his pernicious knockout energy.

Regardless of being considered as the person to beat, Oscar Valdez, a former titlist at 126 kilos, grew to become fixated on Berchelt’s throne. However whereas Valdez was revered and well-established as a featherweight, his performances at 130 kilos have been uninspiring.

As he tried to get his toes moist in his newfound division, Valdez offered a lackluster effort in his tremendous featherweight debut towards Jayson Velez. So, unsurprisingly, many of the boxing world gave Valdez little to no shot at pulling off the win towards the long-standing champion. However as Berchelt confidently walked by way of the fanless MGM Grand Area in Las Vegas, Nevada, in February of 2021, he smiled from ear to ear, believing his showdown towards Valdez would finish the best way most of his contests usually have, along with his hand raised excessive and his opponent gasping for air, concussed on the canvas.

What proceeded, nonetheless, was about as one-sided a beating as you’ll ever witness. Valdez got here out sturdy, boxing nicely on the skin and tagging his man repeatedly. In spherical 4, issues really started falling aside for Berchelt as Valdez despatched him crashing all the way down to the deck. From there, Berchelt was reacquainted with the canvas a number of occasions over till he was lastly put out of his distress within the tenth.

Through the spherical, simply moments earlier than Berchelt was met along with his sudden demise, Valdez took one step again earlier than touchdown a flush left hand. As soon as the blow linked, Berchelt’s physique instantly went limp and earlier than he crashed headfirst, Valdez ran joyfully across the ring, understanding their contest was formally over.

The loss for Berchelt was a painful one however one he believed he wanted. With the Mexican knockout artist shifting on from the 130-pound division and making an attempt to make his mark as a 135 pounder, he appeared assured, excited, and in one of the best form of his life heading into his showdown towards Jeremia Nakathila this previous weekend.

Nothing appeared misplaced. Berchelt nonetheless sported his trademark grin throughout their ceremonial weigh-ins, as he flexed and confirmed off his physique. However, whereas Berchelt appeared the identical bodily, Valdez has seemingly modified him for good.

The usually front-footed, aggressive fighter was absent. He was as an alternative changed with a extra defensive-minded and cautious slugger. One who refused to let his arms go, even whereas he was in vary. Nakathila didn’t complain. He moved ahead, pressed Berchelt towards the ropes, and wailed on the defenseless former champion for six grueling rounds till being compelled to cede that Nakathila was the higher man.

Though stunning, we’ve seen Berchelt’s case littered all through the historical past of boxing. From Mike Tyson changing into a bit gun shy following his stunning loss by the hands of James “Buster” Douglas in 1990, to Adrian Broner admitting that his bodily taxing showdown towards Marcos Maidana value him far more than simply his excellent file.

Berchelt’s case isn’t any completely different. Wins and losses include the game of boxing. Nevertheless, they aren’t all analogous. From now till Berchelt finally decides to hold up the gloves for good, he’ll present his followers with a false sense of safety. He’ll pound the heavy bag when coaching, flex audaciously within the face of his competitors and proudly declare that he’ll win a world title at 135 kilos.

However, regardless of the bravado and conjecture he’ll proceed to spew, Berchelt doesn’t seem like the identical fighter he as soon as was. What appeared to be simply an inconsequential loss by the hands of Valdez, is exhibiting indicators of extra than simply that. No, it wasn’t simply one other tally in Berchelt’s loss column, it might have been the top of the previous titlist as we as soon as knew.

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