By Miguel Rivera
Negotiations for the second defense of World Boxing Council super featherweight world champion Miguel Berchelt is underway.
Berchelt is in talks to fight former champion Cristian Mijares on February 3 or 10, according to Mexican promoter Mario Abraham.
Berchelt (32-1, 28 KO's) is already situated in Hermosillo, Sonora, where he has made his training camp under the experienced hands of renowned coach Alfredo Caballero and next to former champion Juan Francisco "Gallo" Estrada, while Mijares (58-8- 2, 26 KO's) is also already working in Comarca Lagunera.
Abraham has revealed that for weeks they have been negotiating to potentially take the fight to Cancun, a city that raised its hand to host the event, but there are also a couple more possibilities.
Berchelt has become a main attraction in the country after a huge 2017 in which he beat Francisco Vargas and Takashi Miura. Both of the fights were televised in the United States by HBO.
The mandatory challenger for Berchelt is dangerous puncher, Miguel "Mickey" Román - who just won in a thrilling fight with Orlando "Siri" Salido with a knockout victory to secure the world title shot. Salido was ranked in the top position prior to the loss.
Berchelt's team of promoters - formed by Abraham and Fernando Beltrán of Zanfer Promotions - are hoping to give the boxer the opportunity to make his first defense in his homeland. Mijares, who has been fighting for promoter Pepe Gómez of Cancun Boxing, emerged weeks ago as an option.
Cristian has spun nine victories in a row after suffering his last defeat in 2014 against then WBC world super bantamweight champion, Leo Santa Cruz.
Berchelt was initially booked to fight earlier this month, against Salido. The fight was ruled out after Berchelt withdrew with a hand injury.
However, Berchelt received the green light a couple of weeks ago to be able to fully train and has not reported major discomfort.