By Rafael Soto
The World Boxing Council super featherweight world champion Miguel "Alacran" Berchelt has set a goal for himself for this coming June 23 in Merida.
Berchelt not only wants to come away with the victory over Argentine contender Jonathan Yoni Barros - but he wants do it by way of knockout in less than eight rounds.
Berchelt (33-1-0, 29 KO's) will be making his third defense of the world title against "Yoni" Barros (45-5-1, 22 KOs's) at the Poliforum Zamna in Mérida, Yucatán and the fight will be broadcast by Azteca 7 in Mexico, and in the United States on ESPN. The show will be presented by Promociones Zanfer and Max Boxing.
Barros has only been stopped one time in his career - by four division world champion Mikey Garcia.
To make good on the win, Berchelt wants to stop Barros in a shorter time span than Garcia did.
"The Argentine is a good fighter, we know he has fought with good fighters like Yuriorkis Gamboa, Mickey Garcia, Lee Selby, and he actually defeated 'Micky' Roman. We know he is a tough fighter," said Berchelt.
"The parameter that I have for the fight... I know that Micky Garcia knocked him out in 10 rounds, so I want to do it in less, in 8 rounds or maybe in 7 rounds. Certainly I know that Barros is a good fighter, I think I am in my time and I have faced good fighters as well. I do not underestimate anyone, I still have the same hunger as when I was a challenger, like when I went against 'Bandido' Vargas and nobody gave me a chance. I keep training very hard and very strong."
"It was a dream to get the title of the World Boxing Council, the most beautiful belt, now I'm here and I'm not going to let anyone take it from me. I believe that in 2017 we grew a lot, we faced hard fighters. I am ready to fight with the best, it's only a matter of making offers, right now it's in my head to face Jonathan Barros, then there is 'Micky' Roman and later on we will see."