This past Saturday, March 12th in Merida, Mexico Miguel Berchelt captured the “interim” WBO World Title at Super Featherweight with a 6th Round stoppage over England's George Jupp.
The match featured some unique matchmaking with international appeal, and despite the diminishing importance of these belts, it was for the WBO's “interim” belt at Super Featherweight.
The presence of Jupp in the fight also made for compelling drama. Jupp entered the fight with a 13-2 record, and though he was coming off a nice upset win on his home turf in England over Mitchell Smith, nothing on his resume says he is ready for a shot at an even an interim world title belt.
But it was Jupp and his trainer Del Grainger who got the call with the offer to fight in 10 days. Some fighters say no to an offer under those circumstances, but in this instance Jupp proved to not be one of them. That deserves some credit.
Also deserving of credit is his credible performance. He was not stopped in 30 seconds by Berchelt, who is a feared puncher with 26 stoppage wins, and though the KO was described “devestating” and “brutal” by some news outlets, he was not exactly “Pacquiao'd” either.
He was stopped by a fighter a lot farther along on the learning curve. Whether Jupp advances to that level or not remains to be seen, but his fight Saturday was a game attempt that shouldn't be dismissed.
For Berchelt, who is now 29-1 overall, he is heading towards a unification bout with Puerto Rico's Roman Martinez in what is sure to be a rough fight that invokes the heated Mexico vs Puerto Rico rivalry. That fight could announce Berchelt to the world as a “real deal” unlike this last fight. Berchelt did his job.
Our correspondent with Canal de Boxeo Marcellino Castillo was live at the scene and he was granted access with a camera to the ringside area. If you missed it, you can watch it here and decide for yourselves.
Was Jupp's performance credible? Is Berchelt the real deal or does he need work?
Check out Miguel Berchelt vs George Jupp in this Boxing Channel “Bootleg”. The video also includes an exclusive interview with Jupp post-fight.
NOTE: One-camera shoot, for the hardcore fan.