In his highly anticipated return from back-to-back ‘Fight of the Year’ performances, WBC super-featherweight world champion Francisco “El Bandido” Vargas will take on knockout king Miguel Berchelt exclusively live on BoxNation on January 28th.
Taking place at the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California, it will get 2017 off to a bang as the Mexican warriors go toe-to-toe in a showdown which is sure to get the juices flowing.
As part of the exclusive output deal BoxNation has signed with Golden Boy Promotions, undefeated Vargas (23-0-2, 17 KOs) and Berchelt (30-1, 27 KOs) will be the first of many big clashes from the leading promoter in the New Year.
The co-main event will see former WBC super-featherweight world champion Takashi Miura of Akita, Japan, look to build on his reputation of fighting the best when he goes in with former featherweight and lightweight contender Miguel Roman of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico.
“Boxing fans know what to expect every time I step into the ring – and that is a war,” Vargas said.
“I am aware of my opponent’s knockout power, but he’s never faced a true world champion, and I am confident I will come out on top.”
Vargas, from Mexico City, is coming off a majority draw with Orlando Salido in a 2016 non-stop action fight that cemented Vargas’ reputation as one of the toughest boxers around.
He now faces Berchelt, who has knocked out 27 opponents in his 30 professional victories.
“I’m going to shock the boxing world on January 28th,” Berchelt said. “This is the opportunity I have been looking forward to.”
Jim McMunn, Managing Director at BoxNation, said “This is a cracking fight to open 2017 with. Everyone loves to see two Mexican’s go to war in the ring and BoxNation is pleased to be airing this fight exclusively live. This will be an exciting, all-action affair, for as long as it lasts.”