Saturday 31 August 2013: Merida, Yucatán, Mexico

Miguel Berchelt

Television: Azteca (Mexico)

Super featherweight
10 Rounds

Miguel Berchelt 19(16)-0 vs. Cristobal Cruz 40(24)-14-3

Watching prospects develop is fun. But even more fun is when they’re heavy-handed, and Berchelt is very heavy-handed. Sporting an 84% KO ratio, 7 of his last 8 fights have been won by stoppage.

Not all of his wins have come against cab drivers either. Berchelt has victories over Carlos Orozco and Oliver Flores — both undefeated prospects. In addition, he has solid wins against Sergio Lopez, Berman Sanchez, and Weng Haya.

Berchelt is facing off against former IBF titlist Cruz. Though Cruz is 1-3-2 in his last 6 fights, he should offer a solid test.

That said, an upset win is unlikely.

Prediction: Berchelt by KO5.

Super flyweight
8 Rounds

Juan Kantun 21(15)-4-3 vs. David Sanchez 21(16)-2-2

I feel that Kantun has pretty much hit the ceiling. The good news for him is that the talent pool at 115lbs is quite shallow. A win here can easily rocket him into contention. Keep in mind that though Kantun has a spotty record, in each of his losses he’s made it into a fight.

Few of his opponents escape without a scratch. Though Ivan Meneses dropped Kanun 3 times, Kantun managed to drop Meneses. History repeated itself against Rocky Fuentes. Fuentes dropped Kantun 3 times. Once again, Kantun dropped Fuentes. Even when no knockdowns occur, Kantun knows how to turn things into a hard, gritty fight.

Sanchez is on a 10 fight winning streak. 3 of his last 4 fights have been won by KO. I have no doubt that Sanchez will drop Kantun — but if he does, I’m positive Kantun will return fire.

Prediction: Sanchez by UD.

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