The time to walk the walk is nearing for two prestigious boxers. This is the fight that Miguel “El Alacran” Berchelt and Miguel “Mickey” Roman demanded.
A toe-to-toe face-off that promises to deliver will reflect images of the past in an all-Mexican battle. Berchelt will be defending his WBC super featherweight title for the fourth time against Roman on Saturday, Nov. 3 at the Don Haskins Center. Berchelt-Roman and a co-feature that has yet to be announced will stream live in the United States beginning at 9:30 p.m. ET on ESPN+.
The event is promoted by TopRanks, in association with Zanfer Promotions and Promociones del Pueblo. Tickets go on sale Friday, Sept. 21 at 10 a.m. Tickets will be priced at $250, $150, $75, $45, and as low as $35, tickets can be purchased online at Ticketmaster.com, all Ticketmaster outlets and in person at the UTEP Ticket Center.
“Top Rank is very pleased to be able to present a truly great championship fight between two Mexican warriors in the great city of El Paso, which has hosted so many significant boxing events in the past,” said Top Rank CEO Bob Arum.
Berchelt (34-1, 30 KOs), a Cancun native who now resides in Merida, is an eight-year pro who is equally adept at boxing and brawling. The single slash in his losing column occurred on March 15, 2014, when a left hook from Luis Eduardo Florez downed Berchelt in the first round.
Many observers felt the fight was called prematurely; Berchelt hushed all doubters winning his next nine bouts by knockout. To redeem himself, Berchelt challenged Francisco Vargas for the WBC super featherweight title on Jan. 28, 2017.
In one of the year’s best fights, Berchelt landed more than 400 punches, en route to an 11th-round knockout. In his first title defense, he overcame Takashi Maiura to score a wide unanimous decision win. Berchelt is 2-0 in 2018, most recently knocking out former world champion Jonathan Barros in the third round.
“Roman has been talking a lot. I can’t wait to be in the ring with him. I am happy to fight in El Paso, which is the perfect location for a fight like this. I will show all the fans that I am on my way to becoming one of the great Mexican champions,” said Berchelt.
Miguel “Mickey” Roman
Roman (60-12, 47 KOs), from Ciudad Juarez, Chihuhua, Mexico, is a 15-year pro whose back-and-forth battles have earned him a reputation as one of the sport’s most reliable action stars. He has fought a surplus of the sport’s top fighters from 122 to 135 pounds.
In a seven-month stretch from November 2013 to June 2014, he scored knockout victories over former world champions Daniel Ponce De Leon and Juan Carlos Salgado. This matchup will be Roman’s third attempt for a world title.
Roman made his impression on American fight fans when he fought Miura on the Berchelt vs. Vargas undercard. Despite being knocked out in the 12th and final round, Roman battled through a vicious cut around his right eye. Roman is 4-0 since the defeat, a stretch that includes a TKO win against former two-weight world champion Orlando Salido.
“Berchelt is in for a big surprise,” Roman said, “he’s never seen a Mexican warrior like me before.”