Miguel Berchelt and Francisco Vargas will meet again to slug it out in true Mexican fashion at the Tucson Arena on May 11.
Berchelt claimed an 11th round knockout when the pair first squared off in January 2017. Since that brutal battle, Berchelt has made four defences of his title.
The event’s co-feature sees WBC Super-Featherweight Champion, Emanuel Navarette, look to once again overcome Isaac Dogboe, after claiming a unanimous decision victory when the pair first met on the undercard of Lomachenko vs Pedraza in December 2018.
Berchelt is confident he will emerge victorious on May 11 and is keen to prove that he is the world’s best 130lb fighter.
“Francisco Vargas is a great Mexican warrior, just like I am,” Berchelt said. “I am training at my best to prove once again that I am not only better than him but that I am the best 130-pounder in the world.”
Vargas, on the other hand, believes that 2019 is his year to shine and is determined to reclaim his old crown.
“I have no doubt that 2019 will be my big comeback year,” Vargas said. “The three wise men came bearing gifts, and one of them is my highly awaited rematch against Miguel Berchelt on May 11. Like I said before our first fight, Mexicans never back down, and I will show that once again in the ring.”
Hall of Fame promoter, Bob Arum, is hoping that both rematches live up the hype and provide the same explosive action as they did during the first encounters.
“We’re all looking forward to this card. Berchelt-Vargas and Navarrete-Dogboe were incredible action fights the first time around, and the rematches will provide fireworks,” said Top Rank chairman Bob Arum. “This is surely one of the great fight cards of 2019, and there is no better place for it to take place than the incredible city of Tucson. The fight fans there are passionate, knowledgeable and will sell the building out.”
Navarette hopes to prove that he is the better fighter and that his first encounter with Dogboe was no fluke.
“I am ready to show the world that our first fight was no accident,” Navarrete said. “I am the better fighter, and I will show that again. Dogboe made a mistake in taking this rematch.”
Meanwhile, Isaac Dogboe maintains he wasn’t fit during his first fight with Navarrete and believes he overlooked his opponent.
“Look, in my last fight, I wasn’t fit. I underestimated Emanuel Navarrete,” Dogboe said. “But you know something, at my lowest, he couldn’t knock me out. This fight, May 11, it’s a guarantee: Isaac Dogboe is here to set the record straight. Tucson, it’s going down. You don’t want to miss this fight. It’s a fight people are going to be talking about for a very, very long time. A fit Isaac ‘Royal Storm’ Dogboe is a dangerous Isaac ‘Royal Storm’ Dogboe. May 11, I’m coming for my title!”