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Miguel Berchelt-Jason Sosa in the works for November 2nd on ESPN

The fight will be Berchelt’s sixth title defense

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Patrick Stumberg is a freelance writer for SB Nation, first joining the network in 2011 before linking up with Bad Left Hook in 2015.

It wasn’t feasible for September 14th, but Top Rank is still looking to put together Miguel Berchelt vs. Jason Sosa. Dan Rafael reports that they are “trying to finalize” a November 2nd ESPN headliner between the two, as Berchelt did not have time to make weight for Mexican Independence Day weekend.

Berchelt’s (36-1, 32 KO) persistent issues with his right hand have held him to just one fight this year. He was supposed to rematch Francisco Vargas in March before dinging that hand for the third time, and he instead had to wait until May to crush his man in Tucson for his fifth successful title defense.

Sosa (23-3-4, 16 KO), whose greatest prior achievement was a highly questionable majority draw, scored a stunning upset TKO of Javier Fortuna to claim the WBA title in 2016. I keep catching myself thinking that he fizzled out after that career-best achievement, but he really didn’t; he’s 4-2 since, but those losses were a corner stoppage against Vasiliy Lomachenko and a bogus majority decision against Yuriorkis Gamboa. He’s on a three-fight streak at the moment, most recently thrashing Haskell Lydell Rhodes two weekends ago in a makeshift ESPN+ main event.

Though Berchelt will be a prohibitive favorite, as he would be against anyone in the division besides Gervonta Davis and maybe Tevin Farmer, Sosa’s game enough to make this loads of fun while it lasts.

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