By Miguel Rivera
BoxingScene.com's Steve Kim first reported on Monday, that WBC super featherweight champion Miguel Berchelt had suffered a right hand injury that forced him to withdraw from a planned defense against Orlando Salido, which was scheduled to headline an HBO televised card in Las Vegas.
The President of the World Boxing Council, Mauricio Sulaiman, confirmed the injury to Berchelt.
"It's unfortunate, he has had a great year. This fight that was planned for December was a great closer [for 2017], he was a candidate for fighter of the year, but more important is the integrity and health of the boxer. Miguel should rest for the necessary period of time to help his recovery," said Sulaiman.
As reported, the promoters are now trying to make a rematch between Salido and former champion Francisco Vargas - who has been inactive since getting stopped in January by Berchelt (32-1, 28 KOs).
Vargas and Salido fought in a Fight of The Year battle in June of 2016 - which ended in a twelve round draw.
Salido (44-13-4, 31 KOs) then went through a period of inactivity, but he saw action in May of this year and stopped Aristides Perez in Mexico.
Vargas (23-1-2, 17 KOs) was already being scheduled to appear in the December 9th co-feature. He was going to face former champion Jhonny Gonzalez in a final WBC super featherweight eliminator - which the sanctioning body ordered at their recent convention.
But Gonzalez - who already has a fight scheduled in the coming weeks - advised the WBC that he would not be ready in time for that bout - so the sanctioning body approved Miguel Roman to replace him.
Sulaiman has no problem with the Vargas-Salido match and even says there is possibility of the WBC's interim-title being at stake.
"It would be a spectacular rematch. We will see what the promoters put together and we will analyze it immediately," Sulaiman said.