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HBO kicks off 2017 with an action-packed doubleheader when HBO BOXING AFTER DARK: FRANCISCO VARGAS VS. MIGUEL BERCHELT AND TAKASHI MIURA VS. MIGUEL ROMAN is seen SATURDAY, JAN. 28 at 10:00 p.m. (live ET/tape-delayed PT) from the Palm Springs Resort Casino in Palm Springs, Cal. The HBO Sports team will call all the action, which will be available in HDTV, closed-captioned for the hearing-impaired and presented in Spanish on HBO Latino.

Other HBO playdates: Jan. 29 (10:00 a.m.) and 31 (11:40 p.m.)

HBO2 playdates: Jan. 29 (2:45 p.m.) and 30 (12:00 a.m.)

The fight will also be available on HBO NOW, HBO GO, HBO On Demand and affiliate portals.

Undefeated super featherweight champion Francisco Vargas (23-0-2, 17 KOs) makes his 2017 debut against challenger Miguel Berchelt (30-1, 27 KOs) in a much-anticipated 12-round title showdown. Following his victory over Takashi Miura in the BWAA’s “2015 Fight of the Year,” Vargas, 31, turned in another crowd-pleasing performance in his June 2016 fight against Orlando Salido, which ended in a majority draw and was the consensus “Fight of the Year” selection. The Mexico City native has quickly become a must-see attraction due to his relentless, come-forward fighting style, which he will need to get past his younger opponent.

Berchelt, 25, of Merida, Mexico, holds an impressive 16-fight knockout streak entering this title bout, which marks his first appearance on HBO and second outside Mexico.

In the co-main event of the evening, Takashi Miura (30-3-2, 23 KOs), Vargas’ opponent in the 2015 Fight of the Year, faces battle-tested vet Miguel Roman (56-11, 43 KOs) in a super featherweight 12-round slugfest. Tokyo’s Miura, 32, aims to use his aggressive southpaw style to beat Roman and earn another shot at the title he lost to Vargas. Roman, 31, of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, enters the fight having notched six impressive knockout victories in 2015 and 2016.

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WBC STATISTICS

WBC Super Featherweight World Championship

January 28, 2017

Indio, California / Fantasy Springs Casino

This will be the 1,953rd fight sanctioned by the WBC in its 53-year history.

GOLDEN BOY PROMOTIONS PRESENTS:

FRANCISCO “El Bandido” VARGAS (Mexico)

WBC Super Featherweight World Champion / 2nd Title Defense

Age: 32 / Date of birth: December 25, 1984

Residence, birthplace: Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico

Record: 23-0-2, 17 KOs / Total rounds: 108

Height: 5’8” – 1.73m / Reach: 70” – 1.78m / Stance: Right-handed

World championship fights: 1-0-1, 1 KO

Managers: Ralph Heredia, Moses Heredia / Trainer: Guillermo “El Sargento” Becerril

MIGUEL “El Alacran” BERCHELT (Mexico)

Ranked WBC No. 7 at Super Featherweight

Age: 25 / Date of birth: November 17, 1991

Residence: Merida, Yucatán, Mexico / Birthplace: Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico

Record: 30-1, 27 KOs / Total rounds: 99

Height: 5’7” – 1.70m / Reach: 71” – 1.80m / Stance: Righthanded

World championship fights: 0

Manager: Mario Abraham / Trainer: Jose Caballero

PLUS WBC SUPER FEATHERWEIGHT FINAL ELIMINATOR

TAKASHI MIURA (Japan)

Ranked WBC No. 1 at Super Featherweight

Age: 32 / Date of birth: May 14, 1984

Residence: Tokyo, Japan / Birthplace: Mitane-cho, Yamamoot-gun, Akita Prefecture, Japan

Record: 30-3-2, 23 KOs / Total rounds: 195

Height: 5’6.5” – 1.69m / Reach: 70” – 1.78m / Stance: Lefthanded

Manager: Haru Nagano / Trainer: Yuichi Kasai

World championship fights: 5-2, 4 KOs

MIGUEL “Mickey” ROMAN (Mexico)

Ranked WBC No. 2 at Super Featherweight

Age: 31 / Date of birth: November 14, 1985

Residence, birthplace: Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, Mexico

Record: 56-11, 43 KOs / Total rounds: 400

Height: 5’5” – 1.65m / Stance: Righthanded

Manager: Oswaldo Küchle / Trainer: Rafael Guzman

World championship fights: 0-2

WBC SUPER FEATHERWEIGHT WORLD CHAMPIONS

1. Gabriel Elorde (Phil) 1963 – 1967

2. Yoshiaki Numata (Jap) 1967

3. Hiroshi Kobayashi (Japan) 1967 – 1968

4. Rene Barrientos (Phil) 1969 – 1970

5. Yoshiaki Numata (Japan) * 1970 – 1971

6. Ricardo Arredondo (Mex) 1971 – 1974

7. Kuniaki Shibata (Jap) 1974 – 1975

8. Alfredo Escalera (P. Rico) 1975 – 1978

9. Alexis Arguello (Nic) 1978 – 1980

10. Rafael Limon (Mex) 1980 – 1981

11. Cornelius Boza-Edwards (Uga) 1981

12. Rolando Navarrete (Phil) 1981 – 1982

13. Rafael Limon (Mex) * 1982

14. Bobby Chacon (US) 1982 – 1983

15. Hector Camacho (P. Rico) 1983

16. Julio Cesar Chavez (Mex) 1984 – 1987

17. Azumah Nelson (Ghana) 1988 – 1994

18. James Leija (US) 1994

19. Gabriel Ruelas (Mex) 1994 – 1995

20. Azumah Nelson (Ghana) * 1995 – 1997

21. Genaro Hernandez (US) 1997 – 1998

22. Floyd Mayweather (US) 1998 – 2001

23. Sirimongkol Singmanassuk (Thai) 2002 – 2003

24. Jesus Chavez (Mexico) 2003 – 2004

25. Erik Morales (Mexico) 2004

26. Marco Antonio Barrera (Mexico) 2004 – 2007

27. Juan Manuel Marquez (Mexico) 2007 – 2008

28. Manny Pacquiao (Philippines) 2008

29. Humberto Soto (Mexico) 2008 – 2009

30. Humberto Mauro Gutierrez (Mex, Interim) 2009

31. Vitaly Tajbert (Germany) 2009 – 2010

32. Takahiro Aoh (Japan) 2010 – 2012

33. Gamaliel Diaz (Mexico) 2012 – 2013

34. Takashi Miura (Japan) 2013 – 2015

35. Francisco Vargas (Mexico) 2015 –

* Regained

WBC SUPER FEATHERWEIGHT TOP 10 CHAMPIONS

1. Julio Cesar Chavez (Mexico)

2. Floyd Mayweather Jr. (US)

3. Alexis Arguello (Nicaragua)

4. Hector Camacho (P. Rico)

5. Azumah Nelson (Ghana)

6. Gabriel Elorde (Phil)

7. Erik Morales (Mexico)

8. Marco Antonio Barrera (Mexico)

9. Ricardo Arredondo (Mexico)

10. James Leija (US)

GENERAL INFORMATION ON THE SUPER FEATHERWEIGHT DIVISION IN WBC HISTORY

32 world champions have been recognized by the WBC, three of whom have regained the title: Yoshiaki Numata (Japan), Rafael Limon (Mexico), Azumah Nelson (Ghana).

142 super featherweight title fights have been held in WBC history.

17 super featherweight title fights have been held in California in WBC history.

MEMORABLE FIGHTS:

June 4, 2016 Francisco Vargas D12 Orlando Salido – Carson, California

Nov. 21, 2015 Francisco Vargas TKO9 Takashi Miura – Las Vegas, Nevada

Mar. 15, 2008 Manny Pacquiao W12 Juan Manuel Marquez – Las Vegas, Nevada

Mar. 17, 2007 Juan Manuel Marquez W12 Marco Antonio Barrera – Las Vegas, Nevada

Nov. 27, 2004 Marcos Antonio Barrera W12 Erik Morales – Las Vegas, Nevada

Oct. 3, 1998 Floyd Mayweather Jr. W12 TKO8 Genaro Hernandez – Las Vegas, Nevada

Mar. 22, 2997 Genaro Hernandez W12 Azumah Nelson – Corpus Christi, Texas

Oct. 13, 1990 Azumah Nelson W12 Juan LaPorte – Sydney, Australia

Sep. 13, 1984 Julio Cesar Chavez TKO8 Mario Martinez – Los Angeles, California

Aug. 7, 1983 Hector Camacho TKO5 Rafael Limon – San Juan, Puerto Rico

May 30, 1981 Cornelius Boza-Edwards TKO13 Bobby Chacon – Las Vegas, Nevada

Jan. 28 1978 Alexis Arguello TKO13 Alfredo Escalera – Bayamon, Puerto Rico

Dec. 14, 1967 Hiroshi Kobayshi KO12 Yoshiaki Numata – Kokugjikan, Japan

Feb. 16, 1963 Flash Elorde W15 Johnny Bizarro – Manila, Philippines

WBC Statistics by Luis Medina.


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