Valdez upsets Berchelt to win WBC Super Featherweight Championship belt

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Do not doubt boxer Óscar Valdez. Or he’s going to prove you wrong.

He has knocked out former champion Miguel Berchelt on Saturday night at the MGM Grand Conference Center in Paradise, Nevada. Valdez won the fight with a wicked knockout right before the end of the tenth round.

Óscar Valdez and Miguel Berchelt exchange punches during their fight for the WBC Super Featherweight Championship belt
Óscar Valdez and Miguel Berchelt exchange punches during their fight for the WBC Super Featherweight Championship belt (Photo by Mikey Williams/Top Rank Inc via Getty Images)

With the win, Valdez has become the new WBC Super Featherweight Champion. Berchelt was stretchered out of the conference center and was transported to a nearby hospital.

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Berchelt may have head damage, as he took significant hits to the head.

“There’s nothing better in life than proving people wrong,” said Valdez, who entered the fight as a plus-240 underdog, according to Caesars Sportsbook by William Hill. “I have a list of people who doubted me. My idols doubted me. Boxing analysts doubted me. They said Berchelt was going to knock me out. I have a message to everybody: Don’t’ let anyone tell you what you can and can’t do.

“I’m so happy right now, I can almost do a backflip like Teofimo Lopez.”

Valdez has now won 29 bouts. He has won 23 fights by knockout, including his last three bouts.

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This is the latest championship belt for Valdez. He last held the WBO Featherweight Championship.

He knocked out Matías Rueda to win the belt in Las Vegas in July 2016. He made six title defenses of the belt through June 2019.

The loss dropped Berchelt to 37-2-1 in his boxing career. He was also knocked out by Luis Eduardo Florez in the first round of their March 2014 fight in Palenque, México.

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Berchelt has not won an official event since 2019. He defeated Eleazer Valenzuela in June 2020 via a knockout.

However, the ruling was overturned, as the event was not sanctioned by the Mexico City Boxing Commission.

His last official win came to Jason Sosa, as he retained the WBC Super Featherweight belt in November 2019. Berchelt won via knockout in the fourth round at the Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California.

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There was some controversy before the bout. ESPN reported that Berchelt gained 16 pounds after weigh ins on Friday.

This caused many bettors to put their money on Valdez.

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