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Miura fails in bid to win back WBC belt

AFP LOS ANGELES (AFP-Jiji) — Miguel Berchelt retained his WBC world title Saturday with a unanimous decision over former champion Takashi Miura in the first defense of his super featherweight belt.

Mexico’s Berchelt won almost every round, and it showed on the lopsided scorecards, although the unflinching Miura fought on pride and looked like he could have knocked the champion out at any moment.

“I was prepared because I knew I was facing an ex-champion,” said Berchelt. “He has the toughest left hand in the division. He was hitting me and hurting me sometimes. But I was always the better fighter.”

The judges scored the fight 116-111, 120-109 and 119-108 for the 33-year-old Berchelt (32-1, 28 KOs), who won the title with an 11th-round victory over Francisco Vargas in January.

Japan’s Miura (31-4-2, 24 KOs) was hoping to reclaim the WBC title, which he held for more than two years before losing it to Vargas in 2015.Speech

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