Three WBC championship bouts set for February and March

RINGSIDE 16/01/2019

The World Boxing Council super-featherweight champion, Miguel “Alacran” Berchelt (35-1, 31 knockouts), will grant a rematch to his compatriot Francisco “Bandido” Vargas (25-1-2, 18 knockouts), on March 23 at the Inglewood Forum in California.

“Bandido” has waited for two years since he lost the world title in one of the best fights of that year, which “Alacran” won. The deep cuts that Vargas suffered to both eyebrows complicated the fight and forced the Referee to halt the intense action.

Francisco spent some time treating those wounds and healing, so he would not have problems fighting again. He`s also been patient in gaining the rematch. He`s trained, fought and prepared himself well, in order to try to recover the belt and simultaneously seek revenge.

After losing the title, “Bandido” defeated Stephen Smith and Rod Salka, while Berchelt defended his 130 pounds belt on four occasions.

Mexican boxer Rey Vargas will defend his WBC Super Bantamweight title on February 9, against Venezuelan Franklin Manzanilla at the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California.

This fight will be the fourth defense of Vargas, who`s already defeated Ronny Rios, Oscar “Jaguar” Negrete and Azat “Crazy A” Hovhannisyan.

Puerto Rican Alberto “Explosivo” Machado against Andrew “Chango” Cancio will have action on the same card. In addition, Joseph “JoJo” Diaz Jr. (27-1, 14 KOs) will face Charles Huerta (20-5, 12 KOs). While Genaro “Conde” Gamez (8-0, 5 KOs) will fight “Striker” Delgado (13-1-2, 6 KOs).


World Boxing Council minimum champion, Wanheng Menayothin (52-0, 18 KOs), will make his next defense on March 1, against a former rival, Japan’s Tatsuya Fukuhara (21-6-6, 7 KOs).

He has won 2 fights since they clashed in an even fight in November of 2017. For Wanheng, the fight will be his eleventh defense of the WBC minimumweight title that he won in November 2014, defeating Mexican Oswaldo Novoa.

Wanheng is famous for surpassing the 50-0 record of Floyd Mayweather Jr, last year when he defeated Filipino Pedro Taduran, improving his record to 51-0.

For Fukuhara this is a great opportunity because in the first fight he had against Wanheng, he was very competitive.