The current World Boxing Council super featherweight world champion, Miguel Berchelt, has overcome his battle with COVID-19 and is ready for his mandatory defense against Oscar Valdez to be rescheduled.
The Cancun-born fighter had hoped to face Valdez before the year was out, but he came down with a positive test for COVID.
"Thank God we already came out negative last week and we defeated this virus that has infected many people, we came in with a good combination and we won by way of knockout," Berchelt told Marca.
Berchelt expects the fight with Valdez to be an absolute war.
Valdez, undefeated, moved up in weight after capturing the WBO world title at 126-pounds.
The bigger man in Berchelt is expecting size and power to play a big role in the fight.
"Mexicans have that pride, that strategy, Oscar is a fighter who is rising to 130 pounds, he had a good campaign at 126 pounds - but I think the strength, the size and the reach favors me. I trust myself, he has a lot of ground covered in the amateur ranks, it will be an excellent fight - and the big winner will be the viewing public, they will see two Mexicans deal with everything and on that day the flag of Mexico will be raised very high," Berchelt said.
Berchelt is hoping the fight can take place in the early months of 2021.
"My style of boxing is pleasing, people like it, they like knockout artists. Whoever wins the fight will have a huge career. Oscar is better with [trainer] Eddy Reynoso; I hope the fight will take place in 2021, that it can take place in an arena, there was already a fight in a stadium [between Davis and Santa Cruz], the fight was staged with 10% capacity of fans - that's a very good option," Berchelt said.