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Miguel Berchelt vs Jeremiah Nakathila official for March 26th on ESPN

The fight will be Berchelt’s first since losing his super featherweight title to Oscar Valdez

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As revealed early last month, former super featherweight champion Miguel Berchelt will make his lightweight debut on March 26th, taking on former 130-pound title challenger Jeremiah Nakathila atop an ESPN card in Las Vegas.

Berchelt (38-2, 34 KO) is looking to pick up the pieces after a disastrous knockout loss to Oscar Valdez last year, which ended a lengthy reign as the number-one 130-pounder on the planet and prompted a move up in weight. Nakathila (22-2, 18 KO) can punch, but he’s a career super featherweight who fell well short against Shakur Stevenson in his biggest fight to date.

Like I said, though, should be fun while it lasts.

I am ready to turn the page and show the fans I have what it takes to become a two-division world champion,” Berchelt said. “The Valdez fight is in the past, and my focus is on Nakathila and a lightweight world title in 2022. ‘El Alacran’ is back, and I can’t wait to come to Resorts World Las Vegas to put on a show.”

Nakathila said, “It’s an amazing opportunity to fight Berchelt. Given our styles, it will make for a highly entertaining fight. This is my lightweight debut, and I’m looking forward to my first win against a highly rated former champion.”

The co-feature pits featherweight Jose Enrique Vivas (21-1, 11 KO) against longtime super bantamweight Eduardo Baez (20-2-2, 7 KO). Vivas is coming off a terrific war with Louie Coria, while Baez came up short in an entertaining scrap with Ra’eese Aleem that snapped a 12-fight unbeaten streak dating back to his 2017 loss to Mauricio Lara.