Boxing Bites: Miguel Berchelt voluntary defense / Daigo Higa suspended

Ringside 28/04/2018
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Miguel ‘Alacrán’ Berchelt, who’s the World Boxing Council super featherweight champion, who defended his crown on February 10 against Ghanaian Maxwell Awuku, is already training for his second voluntary defense, and that could be in June.

“Berchelt has a voluntary fight, possibly on June 23rd, and the winner is obligated in the next 90 days to make the mandatory defence against Mickey Román,” said WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman.

It is expected that in the coming days there will be announcement. In the meantime, Berchelt, is working up a sweat and steam in Sonora. He brilliantly won the Green and Gold Belt, dethroning Francisco “Bandido” Vargas last year.

He lost the title on the scale, was defeated in the ring by the Nicaraguan Cristofer Rosales, but now another whammy for Diagonal Higa, as the Japan Boxing Commission has suspended his boxing license indefinitely.

The origin of the measure against Higa is having failed on the scales, this April 14, prior to the fight where he would defend his WBC flyweight title.

When he had to mark 112 exact pounds, Higa registered 114, had two hours to shed, but after an hour of time, he gave up.

“Because this incident caused great damage to the world of boxing, we gave a strong punishment,” explained Tsuyoshi Yasukochi, Secretary of the JBC.

In addition to the suspension, Higa has to pay 20 percent of his purse.