Miguel Berchelt vs Takashi Miura
Heavy hitting Mexican, Miguel Berchelt, makes his first defence of his world title (the WBC featherweight world title which he won from Francisco Vargas in an all out war which took place in late 2016), taking on tough, Japanese warrior, Takashi Miura, a fighter who fought Francisco Vargas in what many believed to be the fight of year, in 2015, on the undercard of Miguel Cotto vs Saul Alvarez, a former world champion, as well. The fight takes place at the Forum Arena in Inglewood, California.
Berchelt drops Miura in round 1, to steal the early credit from the challenger, and with the positive start, he goes on the offensive, but is more methodical than expected. Miura has success, possibly does enough to nick the odd round or two, possibly three, but for the most part, it is all Berchelt, as the champion out boxes, out works Miura until the final bell.
It is obvious that there is only one winner as the scorecards are being tallied, but they are confirmed, and one of them, by judge Hurbert Minn, scoring Berchelt a winner by 5 points, is acceptable, but seems to be over generous to the challenger, whilst often suspect, questionable judge, Max DeLuca scores Berchelt a winner by a complete shutout, harshly, and Mauro Di Fiore gives Miura a round, but scores Berchelt a winner by 11 points.
Berchelt wins via very wide unanimous decision, and retains his world title, with a great performance, whilst Miura, a lot to proud of, a respected warrior, wisely announces his retirement after the one sided defeat.