WBC junior lightweight titleholder Miguel Berchelt will take on Francisco Vargas this weekend in what is sure to be an action-packed sequel. The first time the two squared-off in early 2017 it was a war — a war Berchelt only really remembers for the carnage he produced en route to a stoppage win.
“I just remember all the blood that kept coming from his face, his eyes, his nose,” Berchelt told ESPN, through an interpreter. “I just remember a lot of blood.”
But with Berchelt on the verge of this second fight with Vargas, he says he’s not taking anything for granted. In fact, Berchelt acknowledges that every fight plays out differently, although he’s expecting the same result when it’s all said and done.
So with a win this weekend, a fight Berchelt is really keen on is one against Vasiliy Lomachenko, even more than potential title unification bouts against fellow champions Gervonta Davis, Masayuki Ito, and Tevin Farmer. Berchelt says one Mexican (Orlando Salido) has already beaten Lomachenko, and that he believes he’ll be the next one to accomplish the feat.
Juan Carlos Torres of Zanfer Promotions, who handles Berchelt, confirms that’s an opportunity they’d love to have.
“The unification fights are great. We would love to fight those guys,” Torres said. “But the reality is that everyone wants the big fights. Berchelt is not the exception, he wants the big fights -- the big fight is Lomachenko.”
Lomachenko has just been ordered to face Luke Campbell by the WBC, so that’ll likely be his next outing this summer, but his promoter Bob Arum says that Berchelt will certainly be in consideration for future fights with Lomachenko.