Via Dan Ambrose: Miguel ‘El Alacran’ Berchelt successfully weighed in at 135 pounds on Friday for his 12-round lightweight debut against ultralightweight world title challenger Jeremia Nakathila (22-2, 18 KOs) tonight Saturday at Resorts World Las Vegas, Las Vegas, Nevada.
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31-year-old Nakathila weighs 133.6 lbs. Berchelt vs. Nakathila will be shown on ESPN and ESPN+.
After losing the WBC lightweight title to Oscar Valdez by a 10th round knockout more than a year ago in February 2021, Berchelt is finally back in the ring at 135.
In the fight against Valdez, Berchelt looked noticeably thinner, and was no different from the boxer who held the 130-lb WBC belt from 2017 to 2021.
Looking as bad as Berchelt during fight week, it’s no surprise that he’s belted around the ring by Valdez at will. He didn’t look like he belonged that night.
Berchelt (38-2 34 KOs) should have returned to the game a few months ago, but he decided to wait 13 months before returning after an unfortunate loss to Valdez.
There is a question as to whether Berchelt can win the belt in the light weight category as he looks like a 30 year old and his strength may not be enough in this weight class for him to dominate as before.
The last major opponent Berchelt beat was in 2018 when he beat Miguel ‘Mickey’ Roman by knockout in the ninth round.
Berchelt’s victories since then have gone to fossilized aged Fernando ‘El Bandito’ Vargas, horribly faded Jason Soso and journeyman Eleazar Valenzuela Carrillo.
Those wins have eaten up three years since his disastrous performance against Oscar Valdez. Berchelt is NOT willing to fight someone like Berchelt after battling rigorous bouts for the three years leading up to that candidacy.
It wasn’t too much weight, it was the absence of the quality opponent Berchelt fought with that contributed to his defeat to Valdez. It was a mix of a witch mad at inactivity, weak resistance, aging and weight gain that ultimately proved Berchelt’s undoing.
It is therefore not surprising that Berchelt was stoned by Valdez because he had had too much light work in the years before that war and had not kept himself active enough by fighting regularly to prepare. Get yourself fighting with an elite level of gladiators.
In what could be seen as a foreshadowing of Saturday’s problems, Berchelt looked over at Nakathila, seemingly seeing it as a win in the bank by talking about a title he wants against the champion Undisputed lightweight rival George Kambosos Jr.
Berchelt may have woken up impolite Saturday night when he went inside the ring with the mighty Nakathila and he discovered just how hard this guy hit.
Nakathila is a bigger boxer than Valdez, and Takashi Miura, is perhaps the toughest puncher Berchelt has faced during his 12-year professional career.
This writer hates to say it but I see Nakathilia sparking Berchelt on Saturday night and essentially ending his career as we know it.
Nakathilia was too strong, and Berchelt now looks older, slower, a bit chubby around the midsection, and not as ‘El Alacran’ as in his best years.
What we’ll see is Nakathila knocking something huge on Berhchelt that soon sends him shivering, and then he quickly finishes him off.
Other weights on Saturday’s Berchelt-Nakathila card:
Jose Enrique Vivas 126.2 vs Eduardo Baez 126.6
Carlos Caraballo 120 vs Luis Fernando Saavedra 120
Tiger Johnson 142 vs Sebastian Gabriel Chaves 143.2
Josue Vargas 142 vs Nicolas Pablo Demario 141.6
Haven Brady Jr. 127 vs Jose Argel 126.6
Dante Benjamin Jr. 173.6 vs. Kevin Johnson 174.4
Arturo Cardenas 122.4 vs Juan Hernandez Martinez 123.6
Adrian Serrano 134.4 vs Estevan Partida 133.6