Almost 21 years to the day since Erik Morales and Marco Antonino Barrera started their epic three-fight rivalry, another pair of Mexican boxers are keen to create their own piece of fistic history for the boxing mad nation.
WBC super featherweight champion Miguel ‘El Alacran’ Berchelt 37-1 (33) will be looking to make the seventh defense of his title when he clashes with former WBO featherweight champion Oscar Valdez 28-0 (22) at ‘The Bubble’ at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada on Saturday night.
The fight will pit two big-punching opponents against each other in a bout that is already anticipated to stand alongside other classic Mexican rivalries.
“Since I was 16, I have dreamed of a fight like this. I remember watching Barrera-Morales, Barrera-[Juan Manuel] Marquez, [Israel] Vasquez-[Rafael] Marquez, big fights in which Mexican fighters have laid it all in the ring,” the 29-year-old Berchelt said to Fightnews this week.
“There have been many great fights between Mexican fighters in the past they have been wars, classics. The Barrera-Morales trilogy is the best. Now the bar has been set high for us this Saturday.
“I know all of Mexico will be watching. Everyone knows what happens when two great Mexican’s are matched up. Boxing is deceiving. You never know what is going to happen. It can end early, late, or go the distance.
“Saturday we will get it on and beat the shit out of each other. Expect a great fight. It doesn’t matter what happens, this is a fight everyone wants to see and we will definitely come out and fight.”
Ortiz also holds the Barrera-Morales trilogy in the highest regard and hopes his fight against Berchelt can live up to expectations.
“Those fights between Marco Antonio Barrera and Erik Morales inspired me as a kid, as an amateur,” Ortiz, 30, said to Fightnews.
“I get pumped every time I see those fights. Those fights impacted my life. They gave us some memorable fights. It would be an honor for me to inspire kids, the same way those fights and fighters inspired me.
“If you try to force a fight sometimes it doesn’t go well. It’s just the willingness to win. I will give it 100 percent. Every time I’ve done that, I give a great fight. It’s a matter of not backing down but showing who is the best in the ring. That has been the case with Barrera-Morales, Vasquez-Marquez.”
Berchelt, whose nickname ‘El Alacran’ translates to ‘The Scorpion’, says he is ready to sting his opponent on Saturday night.
“I’m excited for this fight and extremely focused, motivated in having a great fight. I have worked hard to be where I am today. This fight represents a lot is the biggest fight in Mexican boxing. This will be a great fight. I’m ready. I feel I am going to win this fight. It will be a war,” Berchelt said.
“I will give it my best. I will fight a smart fight, and everyone knows that I can punch. El Alacran will unleash his poison.”
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