Berchelt and Corrales retain 130 pound world titles

16/07/2017 07:48

WBC super featherweight champion Miguel Berchelt (32-1, 28 KOs) scored a 12 round unanimous decision over former world champion Takashi Miura (31-4-2, 24 KOs) on Saturday night at The Forum in Inglewood, California, USA.

The judges scored the bout 120-109, 119-108, and 116-111 for Berchelt, who was making his first world title defence.

Berchelt dropped Muira with a left hook to the head in the final seconds of the first round.

The Mexican continued to dominate the action with movement and counter punching against the charging Muira.

Berchelt withstood some heavy blows in the later rounds as the Japanese southpaw attacked to head and body, but Berchelt remained in control until the final bell.

Berchelt stopped countryman Francisco Vargas in the 11th round to win the 130 pound belt last January.

Miura lost the same WBC title by ninth round TKO aganst Vargas in an epic fight in November 2015.

Also on the card, Panama’s Jezreel Corrales (22-1, 8 KOs) retained his WBA super featherweight title with a technical majority decision over Mexican challenger Robinson Castellanos (24-13, 14 KOs), who was unable to continue following a brutal accidental head clash.

Corrales' southpaw stance against the right-handed Castellanos caused a lot of grappling throughout the bout and an accidental head clash in the second round cut Corrales over his right eye and Castellanos on his forehead.

Castellanos scored two fourth round knockdowns, but Corrales recovered well and fought back in the following rounds before dropping Castellanos in the seventh.

Castellanos suffered a cut under his right eye from another head clash in the 10th. The ringside doctor examined Castellanos and advised the referee to stop the fight.

Corrales won by scores of 94-94, 94-93 and 96-92.

 Cuba's light heavyweight contender Sullivan Barrera (20-1, 14 KOs) outpointed American Joe Smith Jr (23-2, 19 KOs) over 10 rounds.

Smith scored a first round knockdown but Barrera rallied and got the better of the American for the remander of the bout, winning by scores of 97-92, 97-92 and 96-93.