Super featherweight world titleholder Miguel Berchelt has an opponent again for his upcoming world title defense on Feb. 10 at Plaza de Toros in Cancun.
The virtually unknown Maxwell Awuku (44-3-1, 30 KO's), of Ghana, who has only fought outside his home country once in his professional career, will square off against Berchelt in his first world title bout.
Berchelt (32-1, 28 KO's), 26, of Mexico, was initially slated to fight Cristian Mijares, but the 36-year-old was forced to withdraw due to contract issues.
Then, Filipino fighter Carlo "The Ferocious" Magali (23-9-3, 12 KO's) stepped up, but the Philippines' Games and Amusements Board ruled he was ineligible due to the close proximity of his most recent fight, a 10th-round TKO over Masatoshi Kotani on Jan. 13.
Berchelt won a secondary super featherweight world title in March 2011 with a sixth-round stoppage of George Jupp. He defended the belt once before winning the WBC title in January 2017 with an 11th-round knockout of former titlist Francisco Vargas.
Berchelt defended the title last July with a one-sided unanimous decision victory over Takashi Miura.
Awuku has faced one notable opponent. He lost a wide unanimous decision against former British 126-pound champion Liam Smith in England for the Commonwealth title in 2010.