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 IS BACK— Top Rank Boxing (@trboxing) March 2, 2022
Former Junior Lightweight champion @AlacranBerchelt will make his return vs. Jeremiah Nakathila in the debut sporting event at @ResortsWorldLV. #BercheltNakathila | MARCH 26 | ESPN pic.twitter.com/w5c7BouHL1
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.