WBC super featherweight champion Miguel ‘El Alacran’ Berchelt 34-1 (30) has promised to teach mandatory contender Miguel ‘Mickey’ Roman 60-12 (47) a lesson when the pair meet at the Don Haskins Center in El Paso, Texas this Saturday night live on ESPN+.
The 26-year-old champion from Merinda in Mexico apologised to his sparring partners for the beating he has put on them in training camp.
“I am so eager to put Roman in his place that when I spar, I imagine that I’m sparring him and I push my sparring partners to the limit,” said Berchelt after an open workout at the Wolves Den Gym on Tuesday.
“Apologies to all my sparring partners because I have hurt them during sparring, but when that happens, the actions stops immediately and I apologize to them. I’m just thinking of Roman.
“There is more at stake in this fight than just victory. This is about pride! I want to teach Mickey a lesson in his own backyard. I am fed up with all the talking he has done. In the ring, my quality as an elite fighter, and my fists, will do the talking.
“It’s a rivalry between two sportsmen. Mickey has talked a lot, and we’re going to brawl. Styles make fights. I am going to take the first round or two to feel him out. Then, I’ll make the adjustments, and if I have to go all out, I will.”
Veteran challenger Roman, 32, who turned pro 15 years ago, will bring his own fans with to El Paso from his hometown of Juarez just across the US-Mexican border.
“It’s definitely a great motivation for me. When I fight here in El Paso, a lot of people support me from all over, like Las Cruces, Albuquerque, and all around El Paso and Juarez,” said Roman.
“This is the fight that everybody wanted to see. Boxing people wanted to see this fight, and I’m willing to put everything on the line. Whatever I have, I will leave it in the ring.
“The people are going to be divided. The arena is going to be divided. They will be rooting for me and Berchelt. He’s a champion. He has a lot of fans, too. Believe me, I’m going to do part and do my best in the ring. This will be the fight of my life.”