Berchelt-Miura Final Press Conference

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By Miguel Maravilla

WBC super featherweight champion Miguel “El Alacran” Berchelt (31-1, 28 KOs) of Mexico and former world champion number one contender Takashi Miura (31-3-2, 24 KOs) of Japan, held the final press conference Thursday afternoon at The ‘Fabulous’ Forum in Inglewood, California ahead of their Saturday, July 15 clash live on HBO Boxing After Dark.

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“I am happy to be fighting for the third time in the U.S., second time headlining on HBO. I come well prepared, I know I am facing a former world champion,” Miguel Berchelt said. “Miura is a kamikaze warrior with everything. I respect him tremendously. I will give my Mexican people a win take back the victory to Mexico.”

“The champ is a tough great fighter. I will take this title back and I am ready to put on a good fight.” Takashi Miura said.

“We will have a great show. We have a great lineup from top to bottom,” Oscar De La Hoya said “We are really excited about this main event. Miura, we have a former world champion and he’s a fighter who puts it all on the line. Berchelt is a fighter that also puts everything on the line.”

In the co-main event Panamanian Jezreel “El Invisible” Corrales (21-1, 8 KOs) will make his U.S. debut against Robinson “Robin Hood” Castellanos (24-12, 14 KOs). Corrales will be defending his WBA World super featherweight title.

“I am happy and motivated for this opportunity on HBO. I am ready to fight Castellanos and win to take this title back to Panama,” Jazreel Corrales said.

“I am happy and excited for this fight. This fight means a lot for me. Years ago I was watching Gamboa’s fight with Salido and was having a conversation with my father on how to beat Gamboa. Well, we did it this Cinco de Mayo. Now we are ready to face Corrales and Saturday night we will have a war,” Robinson Castellano’s said.

Opening the HBO Boxing After Dark telecast WBC International Light Heavyweight Champion” Joe Smith, Jr. (23-1, 19 KOs) will put his title on the line against Miami’s Sullivan Barrera (19-1, 14 KOs).

“I am glad to be back at the Forum. Sullivan’s a great fighter, it’s going to be another great night. I had a good camp and 100 percent focused so I am ready to put on a good fight,” Joe Smith Jr. said.

“I am very happy for this fight. I promise Saturday night we will put on a good show. I am really happy and proud my dad will see me fight live in person for the first time. I want to thank Joe Smith Jr. we will put on a great show,” Barrera said.

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