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BATTLEFRONT

Berchelt and Sosa prepare to enter the ‘War Grounds’, writes Declan Taylor
ON THE RAMPAGE: Berchelt powers through Vargas
Photos: MIKEY WILLAIMS/TOP RANK

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IT might have a different title these days but the Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, Cailfornia is still playing host to main event fights befitting its famous “War Grounds” nickname. Known more commonly among boxing fans as the StubHub, the outdoor venue was given the moniker by Timothy Bradley after his 2013 barnburner with Ruslan Provodnikov, while a series of other fighters have served up plenty of battles ever since. And if there was ever a fight which looked tailor-made for that spot in particular it is this Saturday’s (November 2) WBC super-featherweight title showdown between champion Miguel Berchelt and his latest challenger Jason Sosa, live on ESPN. In what will be the sixth defence of his title, Berchelt is vying to demonstrate exactly why he is beginning to sneak into many people’s pound-for-pound top 10. At 36-1 with 32 inside the distance, the 27-year-old is certainly one of the sport’s most over-looked champions, but that is starting to change. The solitary defeat on his record came back in March 2014 when he was stunned in the first round by Luis Eduardo Florez. He has surged back to prominence since then, winning 15 on the spin, most recently a second inside-schedule victory over Francisco Vargas in May.

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