Miguel Berchelt vs George Jupp & Aston Palicte vs Junior Granados
BY KID HERSH
beIN card from Yucatan Mexico. First up was Aston Palicte (20-1, 17ko's) vs Junior Granados (14-4-1, 5ko's). Palicte showed a very good jab in the first round, keeping the smaller Granados off of him and on the outside rather easily. Granados made some headway in the second round by doing the same thing basically but closing the distance. In the coming rounds Palicte was slowly marking up Granados face on the left side from jabs but not winning the majority of rounds due to not getting the type of fight that he wants or needs to win. He is typically coming out on the worse end of exchanges too but neither man is really landing anything big. Palicte is winning going into the later rounds but it is not impressive because he cannot seem to throw a right hand straight down the pipe - a punch that would likely take out the little man in front of him. Granados is trying very hard though - making it a fun fight to watch but he simply does not have the power to do anything to the larger Filipino. To my everlasting surprise though Granados would end up winning the close split decision. This is one of those fights that was close, due to neither man being very effective overall, but really it is still surprised me that the smaller man got the nod. He was busier but not effective, imo.
Next up was the main event featuring Miguel Berchelt (28-1, 25ko's) vs George Jupp (13-2, 4ko's). In the first round it was more of a feeler one until near the end of it the fighters started to open up with more authority. Berchelt made it clear that he was the harder puncher, sending Jupp backwards when he sat down on his shots. Berchelt went back to counter punching in the second round, allowing Jupp to come forward. He changed tactics midway through the round though, as he exploded with power shots and blasted Jupp - noticeably hurting him. He spent the remainder of the round going forward and pressing Jupp back as he found out he is the much stronger man. Jupp tried his best to keep Berchelt off of him but the pressure was mounting until finally he went down from the punishment to the body and the head at the end of the fourth round. The bell saved him from further punishment until again it mounted in the fifth round when Jupp was knocked down from a vicious uppercut through the guard near the end of the round that put him down on his knees. He rose and barely made it through the round again due to the lack of time left. The fight would end in the very next round with Jupp wilting to the canvas from further punishment. Impressive victory for Berchelt here, who is rising in the ranks from impressive victories and action packed fights lately.