Miguel Berchelt vs Diego Alberto Ruiz Preview October 14th, 2023
Former WBC Super Featherweight Champion Miguel Berchelt of Mexico returns to the ring to take on Diego Alberto Ruiz of Argentina this Saturday, October 14th. The 10-round lightweight tilt from Mexico can be seen live in most nations on DAZN. Berchelt was stopped in the 10th round by WBO Featherweight Champion Oscar Valdez in February, 2021 to lose his title and was then halted in the sixth-round by Jeremia Nakathila in his last outing in March, 2022 in his comeback bout. Ruiz last fought in July when he dropped a 10-round unanimous decision to Alberto Melian in a shot at the IBF Latino and the WBO Featherweight Titles.
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Berchelt vs Ruiz Betting Odds
- Diego Alberto Ruiz +600
- Miguel Berchelt -1000
Berchelt is 31 years old and now owns a record of 38-3 with 34 Ko’s. He made his pro debut in 2010 and has 169 rounds under his belt since. He stands 5-feet-7-inches tall with a reach of 71.5 inches and has quite a bit of power as 89.5 per cent of his wins have come by way of stoppage. His first loss was a first-round TKO at the hands of Luis Florez in 2014 so he’s been stopped in all three of his defeats after displaying a pretty reliable chin earlier in his career.
Berchelt’s best wins have been against Francisco Vargas (twice), Miguel Roman, Jonathan Barros, Takashi Miura, George Jupp, Rene Gonzalez, Antonio Escalante, Carlos Reyes and Cristobal Cruz. He enjoyed a fine amateur career and was a three-time national champion. He’s a fan-friendly boxer with an exciting style who gave fans a few classics against very tough customers in Valdez, Vargas and Miura. He successfully defend his title eight times after winning the interim belt by stopping George Jupp in the sixth round in 2018.
Ruiz is a 29-year-old who has a mark of 24-7-1 with 12 Ko’s. He turned pro in 2014 and has boxed a total of 203 rounds since. He’s been beaten on points by Leonardo Cicopiedi, Shabaz Masoud, Jack Bateson, Thato Bonokoane and Alberto Melian with the fight against Bateson being for the vacant WBA Inter-Continental Super Bantamweight Title in June, 2022 and the the bout against Bonokoane for the vacant WBF Super Bantamweight Belt four months later. Ruiz was disqualified against Jesus Simiand in the fourth round in 2015 and stopped by Michael Conlan in the ninth round in 2019 in a shot at the vacant WBA Inter-Continental Featherweight Title and the WBO Inter-Continental version.
The lone draw on Ruiz’s record was a 10-round affair with Lee McGregor in February, 2021. Along the way he’s won the vacant Argentine Bantamweight Crown, Ruiz may not seem to be a power puncher as just 50 per cent of his wins have come by stoppage but it can’t be underrated as he’s dropped numerous opponents but has failed to finish them off. He’s fought mainly in Argentina but has one big win on the road as he beat Gafal Yafai by 10 round unanimous decision in England in February and dropped him in the second, third and 10th rounds. Ruiz stands just over 5-feet-6-inches tall with an unlisted reach so is just half-an-inch shorter than Berchelt.
Berchelt needs a win to bounce back from two straight knockout defeats and it seems Ruiz has been hand picked to get his confidence back. The fight is scheduled in the lightweight division at 135 lbs and Ruiz has never reached 126 lbs as of yet in his career. Berchelt had plenty of power and speed and was ranked as one of the best pound-for-pound boxers in the world before losing to Valdez. He’s been involved in several all-action slugfests as he prefers to let his fists go than get into a tactical fight but things haven’t worked out too well for him lately. If Berchelt is beaten by Ruiz his career is likely all but over but I’m expecting him to beat the blown-up featherweight on Saturday night.
Berchelt still has plenty of power.
Play Berchelt -1000 @ BetOnline.ag
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