The 30-day weights are in. The eagerly awaited fight between the super featherweight champion of the World Boxing Council, Miguel “Alacran” Berchelt and the undefeated mandatory challenger Oscar Valdez, will take place on February 20 at the MGM Grand’s Conference Center in Las Vegas.
Both boxers sent in their required 30-day weights, pursuant to the regulations of the World Boxing Council. The fighters showed their commitment and professionalism, as they weighed within the 30-day limits.
Berchelt weighed in at 142.8 pounds, while Valdez was a shade lighter at 142.6 pounds.
One of the paramount priorities of the WBC is to safeguard the health of the fighters with the pre-weigh-ins and pre-fight medical requirements plus contracted stipulations.
Valdez will attempt to become a two division world champion. He captured the WBO world title at featherweight – and then vacated the belt with a move up to 130-pounds to capture gold in a second weight class.
Upon making his move to super featherweight, the WBC made Valdez the mandatory challenger to Berchelt.
Berchelt, 28-years-old, with a record of 37-1 with 33 knockouts, has made six defenses of the title that he initially won from another tough Mexican boxer, Francisco Vargas, in January 2017, and is undoubtedly one of the most dangerous fighters today.
Valdez (27-0, 21 KOs), 29-years-old, rose to the super featherweight division in 2019, after a successful campaign at 126 where he defended his title in several times.
The contest is widely expected to be an all-action war – pitting Valdez’s speed against Berchelt’s power.