In a blood-and-guts performance before a sold-out crowd at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, Miguel "El Alacran" Berchelt (31-1, 28 KOs) scored an upset win over former two-time world champion Francisco Vargas (23-1-2, 17 KOs) via an 11th round stoppage.
"I wanted to fight the best of the best, and this fight happened because of that," said Berchelt. "Francisco is a great champion, he has fought the best and has been in two Fight of the Year contests. I knew what I was getting into; he has great heart. I left my heart and soul on the mat. I am young and hungry, and I want to fight the best because that is how champions are made. I want to thank Vargas for this incredible opportunity."
The fight featured countless brutal exchanges, with neither man giving an inch. However, Vargas got the worst of those battles, as he suffered severe cuts over both eyes. With each passing round, Berchelt was able to gradually break down his proud opponent.
"I want to wish Berchelt all the best," said Vargas. "It was a tough fight, and he's young with a lot of heart and passion and hunger. He cut me, and I just wasn't able to see because the blood kept coming into my eyes. I am not the type of fighter to give in, and I will always be fighting. I am a warrior, and I will be that to the very end. I probably would have kept going if they wouldn't have stopped the fight. I want a rematch."
Takashi Miura wins thrilling brawl with stoppage of Miguel Roman
In another spectacular slugfest, the evening's co-feature saw Takashi Miura (31-3-2, 24 KOs) defeat Miguel Roman (56-12, 43 KOs) with a 12th round stoppage in their super featherweight battle.
"My hands feel great despite it being a war in there," said Miura. "These are the types of fights that I want. I want the winner of [Vargas-Berchelt] next."
Miura was able to turn things around in the latter rounds thanks to some vicious body shots.
"I was caught off guard by some of his low punches, but all in all it was a great fight," said Roman.
In other undercard bouts . . .
Sadam Ali (24-1, 14 KOs) defeated Jorge Silva (21-13-2, 17 KOs) via a third round knockout at the 2:27 mark.
The bout started off with a back and forth exchanges, but Ali stepped up to land a potent punch that sent Silva straight to the mat.
"I'm on my bounce back, and this win is solidifying my status as one of the ones to be watching," said Sadam "World Kid" Ali. "My opponent was tough, and he was able to play for a couple of rounds. However, this win over him is a step forward into the right direction to the goals I want to accomplish. I have heart, and I hope people can see that in the ring."
By Staff of TheDailySportsHerald.com and news services