By Rafael Soto
After analyzing multiple options with intense negotiations going on for days, Zanfer and MaxBoxing Promotions confirmed that WBC super featherweight champion Miguel "Alacran" Berchelt will face Carlo "Autentico Feroz" Magali.
The title fight will take place on February 10 in Cancun, Quintana Roo and Azteca 7, La Casa del Boxeo and Beinsports will broadcast the contest to the world.
The original challenger was former world champion Cristian Mijares, but there were issues during the negotiations between their respective promoters and Mijares' side walked away from the fight.
Historically, fights between Mexicans and Filipinos are exciting and true wars.
Berchelt will fulfill his dream of fighting before his people as a world champion and he will have a challenger who will go out and attempt to spoil the party and take the WBC belt back to the Philippines.
Berchelt (32-1, 28 KOs) was born in Cancún, Quintana Roo and he hasn't fought there since July 2011 and returning to his homeland as a proud world champion is emotional for him.
"I'm ready for whoever, I'm ready to make my second defense before my people, fulfilling my dream. I know that my challenger will come out with everything like every Filipino, ready to die on the line - but I'll be ready for whatever he brings. The important thing is to win and provide a great show," said 25-year-old Berchelt from Hermosillo, where he's resided for 3 years and prepared with renowned coach Alfredo Caballero.
Berchelt had a dream year in 2017 when he decisively defeated the best of the division: In January he snatched the world title from Francisco "Bandido" Vargas and then he defeated the official challenger Takashi Miura of Japan in July.
Magali (29-9-3, 12 KOs), from Talibon, Bohol Philippines, is 31 years old, is hoping to upset the odds.
"It's a dream opportunity, which I could not turn down. Fortunately I'm always in the gym, and I know who Berchelt is. He's very good for my style and we're going to bring the world title back to the Philippines," Magali said.
Magali is best known for the tragic fight with Davey Browne in 2015. Way behind on the card, Magali knocked Browne out in the twelfth round. Browne never recovered from the knockout and passed away a few days later when he was taken off life support.