Mexican Miguel Berchelt dominated Ghana’s Maxwell Awuku to retain his WBC super featherweight title at Plaza de Toros in Cancun Sunday dawn.
Awuku, the huge underdog, could not change the predicted script as he got pummeled by the 26-year-old Mexican champion. Berchelt dropped him twice and stopped the veteran in the third round of their scheduled 12-round fight.
It was apparent almost immediately that the heavy-handed Berchelt would be too much for the left-handed Awuku (44-4-1, 30 KOs). Berchelt backed him up several times in the first round with hard right hands.
An aggressive Berchelt continued to press the action in the second round. Awuku tried to keep Berchelt honest by firing straight left hands and landed a right hook in the second round.
Awuku went after Berchelt in the third round as well, but Berchelt blasted him with a straight right hand to the chin that sent Awuku to the canvas with 1:13 to go in that round. Awuku was able to get up, only to have Berchelt drill him with a hard jab that dropped Awuku again with 38 seconds remaining in the third round.
Maxwell Awuku reached his feet again, but Berchelt hit him with several power punches that knocked him back into the ropes and forced the referee to stop the fight.
Berchelt (33-1, 29 KOs) has now made the second defense of the WBC 130-pound championship he won by knocking out fellow Mexican Francisco Vargas in the 11th round of their January 2017 bout in Indio, California.