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Berchelt Drops Awuku Twice, Beats Him By Third-Round TKO

By Keith Idec

As expected, Miguel Berchelt made easy, quick work of overmatched Maxwell Awuku on Saturday night.

Mexico’s Berchelt dropped Awuku twice and stopped the veteran from Ghana in the third round of their scheduled 12-round fight for Berchelt’s WBC super featherweight title at Plaza de Toros in Cancun, Mexico. The 26-year-old Berchelt (33-1, 29 KOs) made the second defense of the WBC 130-pound championship he won by knocking out fellow Mexican Francisco Vargas in the 11th round of their January 2017 bout in Indio, California.

It was apparent almost immediately that the heavy-handed Berchelt would be too much for the left-handed Awuk (44-4-1, 30 KOs). Berchelt backed him up several times in the first round with hard right hands.

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An aggressive Berchelt continued to press the action in the second round. Awuku tried to keep Berchelt honest by firing straight left hands and landed a right hook in the second round.

Awuku went after Berchelt in the third round as well, but Berchelt blasted him with a straight right hand to the chin that sent Awuku to the canvas with 1:13 to go in that round. Awuku was able to get up, only to have Berchelt drill him with a hard jab that dropped Awuku again with 38 seconds remaining in the third round.

A game Awuku reached his feet again, but Berchelt hit him with several power punches that knocked him back into the ropes and forced the referee to stop the fight.

Awuku was a huge underdog against Berchelt, who made an optional title defense against him. The unknown challenger had won his previous four fights, but against opponents that were a combined 36-53.

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Tatabanya on 02-11-2018

[QUOTE=Mexican_Puppet;18478559]No way, Berchelt is not Maidana, he knows how to box and move around the ring. He has all the tools to destroy Davis that is ****ing overrated[/QUOTE] Well, Maidana was not a slouch either ;) In regard to Davis,…

Comment by Mexican_Puppet on 02-11-2018

[QUOTE=Tatabanya;18478483]I will. My opinion is, if Davis trains properly there's no match - he wins easily. If he doesn't, Berchelt will manhandle him like Maidana did with Broner.[/QUOTE] No way, Berchelt is not Maidana, he knows how to box and…

Comment by Mammoth on 02-11-2018

Wouldn't mind seeing this guy whoop up on Puerto Rican bum Machado.

Comment by Tatabanya on 02-11-2018

[QUOTE=Mexican_Puppet;18478002]This guy has the best power in the división. He will destroy Davis. Mark my words.[/QUOTE] I will. My opinion is, if Davis trains properly there's no match - he wins easily. If he doesn't, Berchelt will manhandle him like…

Comment by D4thincarnation on 02-11-2018

Too bad he didn't want Loma and really test himself.

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