WBC World Super-Featherweight Miguel Berchelt finally put his injury issues behind him as he returned this past Saturday to make the second defence of his world title in Cancun, Mexico. Berchelt saw two opponents fall by the wayside in the lead up to last Saturday’s bout eventually facing Maxwell Awuku of Ghana, securing victory with a third-round stoppage.
Berchelt and Awuku traded punches in the opening two sessions of a scheduled twelve with the Ghanian fighting confidently willing to give it a go with some success. Awuku landed various hooks around the guard of Berchelt with Berchelt showing various signs of ring rust to a degree. Despite this Berchelt himself looked powerful and effective with his own combination punches, rocking Awuku several times with the lead left hook as Berchelt began to go through his gears.
The third round saw Awuku again start confidently looking for Berchelt, which allowed Berchelt to replicate his proven heavy-handed finishing. Berchelt walked Awuku onto a straight right hand halfway through the third round, sending Awuku down heavily to the canvas. Gingerly Awuku rose from the canvas and continued the action, resulting in Berchelt drilling Awuku with another firm combination sending him down to the floor once again. Awuku again got up from the floor, resulting in Berchelt launching a tirade of combinations forcing the referee to wave off the contest due to Awuku looking visibly tired and hurt.
Berchelt with victory is likely to be called by the WBC to fight his mandatory challenger which is likely to be against Miguel Roman according to the World Boxing Council.