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Photos: Miguel Berchelt Continues Rise, Turns Back Tough Miura

Making the first defense of his WBC Super Featherweight Championship, Miguel "El Alacran" Berchelt (32-1, 28 KOs) knocked down Takashi Miura (31-4-2, 24 KOs) in the first round before rolling to a clear-cut unanimous decision victory in the 12-round main event of HBO Boxing After Dark live from Los Angeles' "Fabulous" Forum.

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VIPs for the night included Chairman and CEO Oscar De La Hoya, World Champion and Future Boxing Hall of Famer Bernard Hopkins, Boxing Hall of Famer Roberto Duran, Real Madrid and Spanish National Team soccer player Sergio Ramos, Tampa Bay Rays baseball player JP Arencibia, Former three division world champion Roman "Chocolatito" Gonzalez, NABA super featherweight champion Carlos "The Solution" Morales, NABO Super Featherweight Champion Alberto Machado, 2008 & 2012 Brazilian Olympian Everton Lopes, Jesus Soto Karass, 2016 Mexican Olympian Raul Curiel, Ronny Rios, Rene Alvarado, Charles Huerta, Azat Hovanissyan, Cesar Diaz, and Roger Gutierrez.

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"I knew this fight was going to be won with intelligence," Berchelt said. "Miura is a warrior, and fought till the end. Miura has the toughest left hand in the division. He kept coming forward, and when he connected his punches, they did hurt. I knew I was going to fight an ex-world champion, so I prepared myself well. I have proven that I am the best by taking on the two toughest champions in the division with Vargas and Miura. I am ready to fight anyone."

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"Berchelt was a smart fighter," Miura said. "He did not allow me to get my distance."

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In the co-main event, Jezreel "El Invisible" Corrales (22-1, 8 KOs) survived two knockdowns to maintain his WBA Super Featherweight title with a majority decision win over Robinson Castellanos (22-12, 14 KOs). Castellanos dropped Corrales twice in a wild fourth round, with Corrales barely beating the count after the second knockdown. But the Panamanian champion regained his footing in the fifth and sixth and sent Castellanos down with a left hook in the seventh. After a nasty clash of heads in the 10th that busted Castellanos' left cheek wide open, the fight was stopped and went to the scorecards. The judges awarded scores of 94-94, 94-93, 96-92, giving Corrales the majority decision.

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"I knew this would be an interesting fight, I am so happy about the victory," Corrales said. "This is probably the best fight that I've had in my career so far. I'm looking at tonight's main event as one of my future opponents."

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"I am honestly so sad," Castellanos said. "That head butt should have disqualified him; it could have been fatal. I knew coming in that I was in enemy territory, however I felt that I was ahead in the cards. I feel terrible."

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Newly crowned WBC Intercontinental Light Heavyweight Champion Sullivan Barrera (20-1, 14 KOs) gave a career-making performance, getting off the deck in the first round to take a 10-round unanimous decision victory over Joe Smith, Jr. (23-2, 19 KOs). The judges scored the fight 96-93 and 97-92 twice.

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"I feel very happy about this win. Joe Smith, Jr. is a great champion, and I respect him very much," Barrera said. "This title wouldn't have been possible with my amazing team, and my father here tonight was also amazing. When Smith, Jr. knocked me down in the second round, I got back up cause that's who I am. In my fight with Shabranskyy the same thing happened. I shoot back up to get the victory."
 
"Sullivan Barrera fought a good fight and I congratulate him," said Joe Smith, Jr.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by LaBéstia on 07-16-2017

I'm Mexican but I was rooting for Miura... I don't know why Japanese fighters have such bad luck here in the states... excluding Nobuhiro Ishida. Japanese boxing is so exciting and thrilling... they are just small dudes but there is…

Comment by Mexican_Puppet on 07-16-2017

Fu.ck off, both fighters are powerful as hell, very strongs and bigs for the division. [QUOTE=kidbazooka;17864338]You can tell how hard Berchelt hits when he easly dropped miura in rd 1 with a hook that didn't even land that hard.[/QUOTE] Man,…

Comment by kidbazooka on 07-16-2017

You can tell how hard Berchelt hits when he easly dropped miura in rd 1 with a hook that didn't even land that hard.

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