If history is any indication when two rugged and elite Mexican boxers face off in a career-defining fight, fans should expect Saturday’s junior lightweight title bout in Las Vegas to be nothing short of an instant classic. WBC champion Miguel Berchelt (37-1, 33 KOs), currently the longest-reigning titleholder at 130 pounds, will look for the eighth defense of his belt when he takes on former featherweight champion Oscar Valdez (28-0, 22 KOs) inside the Top Rank bubble at the MGM Grand Conference Center (10 p.m. ET on ESPN and streaming on ESPN+). 

No stranger to co-authoring a number of fight-of-the-year contenders in the past, including fighting through a broken jaw to outlast Scott Quigg in their 2018 thriller, the 30-year-old Valdez has heard all of the expectations heaped upon this fight by fans and media…

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