WBC super featherweight champion, Francisco Vargas and WBO interim super featherweight champion, Miguel Berchelt, held the final press conference before they square off at the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California on Saturday, January 28th.
After competing in two consecutive fight of the year contests, Vargas is well-rested and looking to compete in a third fight of the year.
“I am thankful for all the support Golden Boy Promotions, HBO and my team have given me,” said Vargas. “I’m very excited to get back into the ring after a long break after my last two fights – two fights that were really hard.
“After a much-needed rest, I’m ready to give the fans what they want to see. Berchelt knows that this is his opportunity to get my title, and he will be hungry inside the ring and will wage war. This title cost me a lot to win, and I am not going to let it go easily. I’m taking my belt back with me.”
Berchelt acknowledges this will be a tough test, but is keen to capitalise on the opportunity afforded him on Saturday.
“I want to thank ‘El Bandido’ for offering me this fight. I know going in that it’s going to be a tough fight, and we are confident in our training and mindset going into this fight. This is a huge opportunity for me and my career.”
Eric Gomez, President of Golden Boy Promotions, acknowledged Vargas’ reputation as a tough customer, whilst also admitting Berchelt posed a real threat.
“Vargas is coming off a majority draw with Orlando ‘Siri’ Salido in a 2016 non-stop action fight that was named Fight of the Year by many and cemented Vargas’ reputation as one of the toughest boxers in the sport,” said Gomez. “He now faces a tough challenge with Miguel.”
“I was worried. I didn’t want to make this fight because Berchelt is very tough. But I know that these are the type of fights that we want and need. The fights that are 50-50, where anyone can win. This is going to be a great fight. I’m still a little worried though.
“We know that the fans love knockouts, and these four guys have 110 KOs among them all. I think that speaks for itself and gives you a good idea of what Saturday night is going to be like.
“Francisco always takes on the tough fighters. He could have taken on an easier fighter after taking on Miura and Salido in his most recent fights. He has the style and heart of a champion and that’s what we love about him.
“What a great way to premiere HBO Boxing After Dark in 2017 with these two fights for Vargas vs. Berchelt and Miura vs. Roman that are guaranteed to be all-action slugfests.”