Miguel Berchelt was initially slated to defend his WBC super featherweight world title against Orlando Salido in December, but had to withdraw with a hand injury. Now, the 26-year-old is set to return against WBC No. 5 ranked contender Cristian Mijares in Cancun on Feb. 10.
Berchelt (32-1, 28 KO's), of Mexico, dominated and won a lopsided decision over former titlist Takashi Miura in an HBO main event in July at The Forum in Inglewood, California.
It's probably a good thing Berchelt didn't end up fighting Salido after the former titlist was beaten into submission by Mickey Roman on an HBO "After Dark" card on Dec. 10 in Las Vegas. Although Salido retired and quickly unretired just days later, it's clear his best days are behind him. As the saying goes, "Father Time is undefeated."
Mijares (58-8-2, 26 KO's), 36, of Mexico, a former two-time super flyweight titleholder, has won his last eight fights. He came up short in two attempts to capture a 122-pound title in 2013 and 2014, losing a split decision to Victor Terrazas, and a one-sided bout on points to two-weight world champion Leo Santa Cruz.
Mijares is coming down from 135-pounds from the fight. In October, he faced little-known Jesus Arevalo in Mexico, and won by unanimous decision.