IT is often said rematches in boxing have a tendency to go the same way as the first fight, and so it proved tonight (May 11) in Tucson, Arizona.
Before a crowd of of almost 4,500, Miguel Berchelt successfully defended his WBC super-featherweight title with a sixth-round stoppage of Francisco Vargas, improving on the 11th-round knockout he secured against Vargas to win the belt in 2o17. Meanwhile, Emanuel Navarrete also improved on past form as he stopped Isaac Dogboe in the 12th round of a WBO junior-bantamweight title fight, a result that supersedes the decision he scored over Dogboe last December.
Understandably, both Berchelt and Navarrete, two talented Mexicans, were overjoyed with their performances. In beating their opponents, former world champions no less, in more comprehensive fashion second time around, Berchelt and Navarrette not only retained their respective belts but confirmed their superiority. Rest assured, there will be no need for fight number three.