Miguel Berchelt is proving himself as an under the radar World Champion who cannot be suppressed any longer.
He went over old ground for the BoxNation cameras on Saturday when he beat old rival Francisco Vargas in a repeat of their bruising January 2017 battle.
It went 11 rounds the first time, but he needed only six rounds of one-way savagery to see off his old rival and retain the WBC Super-Featherweight Title.
Berchelt, 27, has now made five defences of the belt he took from fellow Mexican Vargas in their first meeting and is improving every time he puts it on the line.
His accuracy against poor Vargas in the rematch was frightening. He threw 728 punches while the beat-down lasted. Just as scary is the 247 of 545 power punches landed - brutal punishment in just 18 minutes of action.
Boxing hipsters might tell you WBA Champion Gervonta Davis is the ‘Daddy of the Division’, but heavy handed Berchelt’s claims can no longer be ignored.
Who would have thought that when Berchelt beat Londoner George Jupp in a interim WBO title fight little more than three years ago on his BoxNation debut we were looking at a future star?
With each fight he improves. Relentless and compelling to watch there is a case for him being a top 10 fighter in the pound-for-pound lists.
There is even talk of a super-fight against WBA and WBO Lightweight Champion Vasyl Lomachenko in the future. That isn’t a fight you should scoff at, especially as Lomachenko has suggested that 135lb is where he is staying.
For a start it’s easy to make as both boxers are locked in at Top Rank, who are still the main men when it comes to promoting big American fights.
Give Berchelt 12 months of continuing to dominate and wipe out rivals at 130lb and we may have a real fight that pulls in fans.
Top Rank are finding it hard work getting serious tests for Lomachenko, but they have this match in their own stable that could hit the right buttons.
Beating Lomachenko would be a monumental task, but Berchelt certainly has the size and enough power to become a force at Lightweight, even if he comes off second best against the Ukrainian great.
The bigger fights will come, but for now he can concentrate on conquering all that he faces at Super-Featherweight.
Davis is aligned to PBC and boxing politics mean that is a ‘no-go’ for now, and while the Loma fight is still in the pipeline it is unlikely to be chased. That also means the chance of a fight against IBF champion Tevin Farmer is remote.
One fight that looks a nailed on for later this year is a unification against whoever triumphs when WBO title holder Masayuki Ito defends against Jamel Herring on May 25th.
The pair are promotional stablemates, and landing that belt only adds to Berchelt’s bargaining power when the Lomachenko fight gets made.
When it does there might only be one winner to most of us, but Berchelt will be a different and tougher puzzle for 'The Matrix' then most he has faced.