Miguel Berchelt insists that defeating Takashi Miura in their world title clash this weekend will cement his status as the world’s top super-featherweight.
The Mexican defends his WBC belt against exciting Japanese star Takashi Miura in Los Angeles on Saturday in a potential Fight of the Year candidate being shown live on BoxNation.
It’s a big call to claim he is the best 130lb boxer in the world when the other world champions are Jezreel Corrales (WBA), Gervonta Davis (IBF) and Vasyl Lomachenko (WBO).
Berchelt, 25, said: ”I consider myself a world champion, and fighting Takashi Miura is a way to prove that I am the best in my class.
“Some of my advantages include my height, the fact that I haven't been in many wars, and my youth.
"I have a youthful hunger that makes the difference between the two of us. It's cool to know that I am facing the best in my division - I was able to get through Francisco Vargas, so I know that I can take on Miura.”
Berchelt who has won 31 of his 32 professional contests came to prominence last year when he won the interim WBO title against Londoner George Jupp.
He stopped Francisco Vargas in 11 thrilling rounds in January to take the WBC belt, and is making his first defence at Inglewood’s famous Forum.
Miura, 33, lost the WBC title to Vargas in nine epic rounds back in November 2015. It was one of the most brutal fights ever seen on BoxNation
Southpaw Miura has bounced back with two wins and says: “After my loss against Vargas, I became depressed for a couple of months.
“I thought I wouldn't be able to come back to the level that I once was. However, boxing is everything to me, and I couldn't just walk away.
"I have more heart than Berchelt. I want this more than I want anything. I am expecting a war because I know he won't want to give up his belt that easy.
“But I want it back. If there's a possibility to unify the titles, I will, if the opportunity is there. Our division is known for a lot of wars.”
Also on the card Corrales defends his WBA crown against Robinson Castellanos and a fantastic light-heavyweight clash looks likely between Joe Smith Jr and Sullivan Barrera.