It’s the age-old saying of styles make fights and to that extent, these two were always going to make for fascinating viewing as both the champion Miguel Berchelt and challenger Miguel Roman predictably served us up a feast for the eyes on Saturday night.
In the end, it was Berchelt who’s hand was raised but to get to that stage every step was contested by Roman who should be commended for a valiant effort, one of the bravest challenges I have witnessed in the squared circle.
The touch paper was lit from the sound of the opening bell, both men knew what to expect from the other as they clocked in for the toughest shift of their careers to date.
Berchelt had the upper hand in most departments but it didn’t deter Roman from staring adversity down in the hope of landing a right hand, he did, of course, many times but with not enough velocity to get the job over the line.
Berchelt matched the heart of Roman, whilst landing the more telling shots especially to the body which folded Roman in the sixth, Berchelt climbed the rope, flexing to spectators in an act of thinking the assignment was complete, only to look back with surprise etched on his face to find that somehow Roman had found his feet.
Like a rubber band, Roman would bounce back up three times, never missing a beat in going back on to the offensive in a show of bravado that would have ceased in a lesser man
Punishment followed each time in a contest which could have truthfully been halted a few rounds prior to the eventual stoppage in the ninth bar it not been for the acknowledgement of becoming Juárez’s first world champion, it drove Roman on aimlessly but in the end, it thankfully came down to the referee to save him from himself.
— Top Rank Boxing (@trboxing) November 4, 2018
It was a testament to the toughness of the man in front of him that Berchelt afterwards said it was the hardest fight of his career to date, remember this is from a man who had already waged war with both Francisco Vargas and Takashi Miura.
It was, however, a shame that the fight went under the radar, viewer interest instead lying with the WBSS Quarter-Final whilst on Monday the news was consumed by Floyd Mayweather latest money grab.
If you were one of the unlucky ones, do yourself a favour and check out this fight it was rock em sock em robots for the most part that left us all with a smile on our face, okay maybe not everyone as Roman had to be consoled following his third unsuccessful title bid but it will be a bout he can look back on in the knowledge that he had gained the respect of the boxing world for what amounted to a gutsy effort.
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